Stephen Wilkes “Day to Night” Lecture & Book Signing
Sunday, January 26 at 3pm (registration required)
The Carriage Barn welcomes iconic photographer Stephen Wilkes for a lecture and book signing for his “Day to Night” series. Wilkes was the juror for the Carriage Barn’s 40th Annual Photography Show (Jan. 11-Feb. 13) and images from this epic series are featured in the show.
Can a photograph inspire and create change? For photographer Stephen Wilkes, his five-year photographic study of Ellis Island’s long abandoned medical wards helped secure $6 million toward the restoration of the south side of the island. His work documenting the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy has brought heightened awareness to the realities of global climate change. In this presentation, he’ll take audiences behind the scenes of his most defining project, Day to Night. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of the lens over a full day. Wilkes will discuss the months-long process of turning 1,500 photographs into a single image.
Vast and extraordinarily detailed, the Day to Night series captures not just the location, but rather a day in the life of that location. With shifting light and shadows moving across the tableau, the final results are epic panoramas of life and earth in motion. Stitching together thousands of successive snapshots, Wilkes also allows thousands of stories to co-exist in one image. The pictures become portraits not only of hailed and ancient landmarks, but also of group behaviour, the random incident, and the humble routine.