About the Book
What happens when a single photo records 10, 15, or even 20 minutes of daytime in the city that never sleeps? Will all moving elements become blurry or completely vanish, thus creating quiet and surreal cityscapes? Or will some noise linger?
The answer is: It depends. Long exposure photography uses a long-duration shutter speed to capture stationary objects, while moving elements smear or obscure, or even blur out and entirely disappear.
But some of those moving elements can create their own artifacts. For example, vehicles and vessels passing by may reflect the sun light and create bright streaks, which are captured by the long exposure. Headlights of oncoming traffic will also make their mark on the image.
With few exceptions, fast paced walkers blur out and fully disappear, but slower walkers and large groups can create a hazy effect. Those few standing still for minutes generate silhouettes, while their cell phone screens produce bright, specular lights.
As can be seen in this resulting collection: some photos clearly show traces of moving pedestrians and vehicles. Other photos seem devoid of life and have an eerie feel to them.