Composite photos made from time-series - "Chrono-Cubism"

Brazilian photographer Diego Kuffer sez, "Photography only lets you capture instants (even long exposures are only blurred instants). So, I hacked the idea of photography, mixing together many photos of the same scene into a single one, slicing and dicing the images and putting them back together, chronologically. I call the grammar behind it 'chrono cubism.'"

Chrono-Cubism (Thanks, Diego!)


    1. Me too! It was a great surprise when I saw it for the first time… I was expecting it to disappear with the movement… but luckily it didn’t!

    2. The monkey was a great surprise to me. I didn’t expect it to appear, because of all the movement going on. I am really happy that it did show up!

  1. “So, I hacked the idea of photography, mixing together many photos of the same scene into a single one”

    When you’re done patting yourself on the back, look up David Hockney’s photomontages. You aren’t “hacking the idea”, you’re pursuing a technique that others have pioneered.

    1. I really like Hockney’s work. But I think that the purpose of his work is different than mine. Also, the techniques might be similar, but are different (he uses collage, I mix the pictures).
      Thanks anyway for the reference.

  2. I was thinking that this could be extended to programmatically follow the action: for each block, simply choose the moment in time at which it is most ‘noisy’.
    I suppose you could use the same approach on sound to extract cacophony from conversations.

  3. That’s cute… but isn’t it more fun to make the time warp a little less subtle… for example–mike–/5198232631/
    This is day and night combined

    or perhaps a more traditional fade between images–mike–/3175286014/

    That’s not the only thing you can do either… you can make synthetic focus images which emulate much larger than practical lenses to get short depth of field… here’s a whole gallery of them–mike–/sets/72157619468193919/

  4. this article is so cool!! i love the article and yea this website is really interesting. it is my first time going on the internet and i cant believe that they came up with a article as interesting as this.

  5. A long exposure is not “a blurred instant”, it is truly a stretch of time.

    The shutter opens at time A and stays open until until time B, capturing all that happens in between.

    If I take a sharp brief-exposure image into PhotoShop and apply the “motion blur” filter, THAT would approach a “blurred instant.”

  6. Keyboard buttons only let you capture characters (even long button presses are only repeated characters). So, I hacked the idea of button pressing, mixing together many keys from the same keyboard into a single text field, slicing and dicing the characters and putting them back together, chronologically. I call the grammar behind it ‘chrono typing.’

    (i love the photos, just couldn’t resist…)

  7. Hm. To me, Cubism has always incorporated time. Still, sounds cool. I really enjoy the effect on the merry-go-round; good pick for the subject.

  8. Neat!

    Like most people, I have seen a few photo montages where different areas of the picture are exposed at different times (such as a moving object shown many times, thus showing its trajectory… or a landscape split into columns, each column shot at a different time of year, green vs fall-colors vs snowy) but not in this style. I am now inspired to go out and play with this idea some more, although to be honest the first thing that came to mind was shooting a landscape at different times of day and then mixing the images together in a nonlinear/discontinuous way. I know exactly where I’ll go, too.

    In any case… Demais! Parabéns!

  9. If he hacks the blocks a lot finer he will have recreated the algorithm often used to make motion blur in computer animation.

    Then he will be back to his blurry instant again — if that’s how he wants to think of motion blur.

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