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Interview: Fong Qi Wei and his Photographs of Time

September 10, 2014
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Oriental Pearl Tower Sunset, 2014

Time is pretty difficult to show on a photo, but Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei succeeded in doing so. In his series called “Time is a Dimension“, he captures the passing of time in one composition by taking photos in a single place for 2-4 hours and then slicing them into layers. As he explains:

The basic structure of a landscape is present in every piece. But each panel or concentric layer shows a different slice of time, which is related to the adjacent panel/layer. The transition from daytime to night is gradual and noticeable in every piece, but would not be something you expect to see in a still image.

Fong Qi Wei’s work (and words) have been a huge inspiration to me, so I decided to ask him for a quick interview. Answers below!

How did you get your idea of “Time is a Dimension”? Was it something that you cultivated or did it just spring to your mind?

It was the result of experimentation and play, really. I had some idea of toying around with the idea of time as art and collages. But what took off was using geometric shapes to create another dimension to the series.

What advice would you give to young artists?

Be curious, be playful. Always learn about everything, be it science, art, engineering or humanities. The more you learn, the more you can share.

What is your favourite part of the world and why?

My favourite part of the world is wherever my family is. My wife and kids are super supportive and will follow me to the strangest spots where I get my source images while they entertain themselves. They have allowed me to explore and connect to the world.

Thanks for taking your time!


Read more about “Time is a Dimension” project or visit Fong Qi Wei‘s website for more of his work.

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National Day Preview 02, 2013

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Chinatown Sunset, 2013

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Ophir Road Sunset, 2013

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Sunset at the Bund, 2014

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Sunset at the Seine River, 2014

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Changi Beach Sunset, 2013

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Sunset at Upper Seletar Reservoir, 2014