Beautiful “Time-Slice” Photos of NYC that Show Day Turning Into Night

New York Sliced” is a beautiful and creative projected by photographer Richard Silver. No, it’s not a project about the multitude of pizza shops in The Big Apple. Instead, Silver applied a very interesting technique he calls “sliced-time photography” to documenting the architecture found within the city.

Visiting various buildings immediately before dusk, he photographed the buildings at regular intervals over the course of 1.5 hours as the sun set. He then spliced the photographs together to show the scene turning from day to night as you look from the left side over to the right. Above each segment is a timestamp indicating the exact time at which that particular photo was shot.

Due to the nature of the work, Silver only gets a single opportunity to create each image. If he messes up, he’ll need to revisit the location the next day in order to try again. If you want to try your hand at doing something similar, make sure you bring a sturdy tripod to ensure that your framing doesn’t change at all between exposures.

You can find more of these photographs over on Silver’s website.

Update: Another artist who uses a similar technique, and whom we also featured here, is Stephen Wilkes.

Image credits: Photographs by Richard Silver and used with permission

  • Jared Monkman

    Neat! It looks like there is a tiny bit of aurora in the first image, right above the buildings where it turns to night.. but it may just be artifacts

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  • silverbluemx

    To Jared Monkman : I guess these are simply flares from the streetlight on the left. They are probably lit at the time the rightmost slices were taken.


    i would like to see the versions where they are faded into each other

  • Empreinte

    Indeed nice work

  • 11

    that is lens artifact for sure.. because of strong street lights..

  • sixlocal

    That is 10000% not aurora. Even if the aurora extended as far south to NYC, we wouldn’t be able to see it because of light pollution. That is surely a flare from those lights you see at the bottom.

  • Jared Monkman

    I now agree that it’s a flare, but the aurora does in fact extend as far south as NYC, and even further, and especially this year, being the solar maximum. Also, the aurora is bright, brighter than stars, so it is visible from within city limits.

  • pete n pete

    I agree.

  • Marcel Gaspar

    i did works like this last year

  • Eric

    Reminds me of test strips. Back when i was rich [dumb] enough to use the whole sheet.

  • Eric

    Or, you know, back when I made test strips.