Time-lapse photography has a history about as long as photography itself and the effect of the photographic image on art has had a huge influence. The blurring of an image has been repeatedly used – whether in the cause of Impressionism, Futurism, or any number of artistic ‘ideals’ – that its photographic origins are sometimes forgotten.
Traditional time-lapse photography tends to create a smooth blurring effect, a softening of the image, a merging of motion into a continuous stream of light. Matt Molloy, a photographer from Ontario in Canada, has taken a different approach. For his time-lapse images he has ‘stacked’ a sequence of time-lapsed images, creating a staggered blurring effect. The images are quite ethereal, bridging the line between a photograph and a painting.