1 Hour Photographs of the Sun

By KATHY RUGH

As the summer heat is upon us we feel the sun’s presence even more than normal. Thinking of the sun’s power reminded me of a series of photographs by the German photographer, Hans-Christian Schink.

In his series “1h” he travels the globe photographing the path of the sun over one hour’s time. Using black-and-white film and a special developing process his one-hour exposures capture the sun as a black streak as it passes across the sky. Typically we experience the shifts of the sun by observing differing angles of light and shadows, but here we get to actually follow its path as it traverses over the landscape below.

The title of the images tell the exact time, date and coordinates better bringing the viewer into his process. See more about Hans-Christian Schink here.

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9/17/2006, 8:45-9:45am, N 78°13.370’ E 015°40.024’

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2/21/2010, 7:00-8:00pm, S 38°49.042’ E 174°34.976’

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2/04/2010, 7:22-8:22pm, S 54°35.873’ W 067°22.541’

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2/23/2006, 4:04-5:04pm, N 34°03.712’ W 118°20.979’

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3/09/2010, 6:21-7:21pm, S 29°00.376’ E 134°45.447’