subjects of the first site will be an young oak tree, along side a
fallen and decaying oak.
This is a very common subject among the rolling hills of Southern
California. Contacts have been made with the owners of large tracts
of such landscape that have very little financial value. As such,
they are likely to remain undeveloped for the 30 year period needed
to produce a compelling sequence for such an image.
rapid development sites should include a calving glacier, coastal
cliff erosion and beach deposition, a forest ecology cycle, volcanoes,
calcite deposition in a cavern and river valley evolution. Catastrophic
events like forest fires, landslides and floods will provide excellent
sites where rapid changes occur as conditions return to more perdurable
addition, urban sites of construction and demolition should be included.
The use of very long exposure times to blur motion and record only
what has become static is an interesting variation for man made
sites which may include many elements in motion. Rather than the
jumpy, flash in and out look these elements would present with a
standard shutter speed and intervalometer, such multi-minute exposers
would surround static objects with halos of activity.
to mount the camera, one needs a very stable site; that, to have
an interesting sequence of images, must face a suitably unstable
site. Finding sites with this combination of qualities seems one
of most crucial challenges of such a project. Examples might be
Anacapa Island, where a capture unit could be placed on the main
island, and look towards the eastern end, which is eroding very
quickly. Another would be a site looking at a glacier entering the
opposite side of a fiord in Alaska or the Baltic.
sites which will only develop compelling image sequences over very
long time scales, will of course be the most interesting and difficult
to capture. Any site is subject to some geologic activity, so the
deferential between the subject site and the mounting site must
be carefully assessed. Image manipulation can compensate for some
motion of the capture site. In fact such technology can also be
used to combine historic images of a particular site that may not
have been taken from precisely same position, and manipulate and
morph them together to develop an after the fact time lapse sequence.
These movies may be used to augment footage we acquire, or simply
included as an alternate technique.
is also a factor vis a vis preventing vandalism, recovering the
data periodically and equipment maintenance. The need to physically
visit the sites will put a severe burden on the human infrastructure,
but also provides a somatic connection to the project that seems
inspiring. I would thoroughly enjoy a ritual of climbing the cliffs
of Anacapa Island once a year to tweak the system. Of course, the
availability of wireless links, such as cell phone networks and
satellite downloads of the data would preclude physical data recovery
and be possible in even the remotest sites, given the funding.