Our bodys' breaths cycle once a second,
our waking once a day,
our aging once a year,
our lives once a century.
More or less.
Very Long Duration Time Lapse Photography

Our minds, so fixed within this frame, can scarcely fathom our facile tossing of grand spans like millennia, eons and epochs. And yet we ourselves have been composed over these measures and longer.

The slow and subtle progress of our dear planet and our own mysterious beginnings cycle at a pace so languorous as to seem fixed from our reference. Yet it is in these grand gasps that our survival, that our very existence is forged and on which it depends

So many of us seem so deluded by the near invisibility of these crucial cycles. Our perceptions, when stretched to their limits, can barely discern the spinning dome of stars around Polaris, the boiling of clouds pouring over the horizon. Yet even in the grasp of these margins of our vision, many still manage to assume a stasis. They can still presume to imagine the blights with which we litter our globe to be insignificant specks - still imagine our grand edifices to be nearly immortal, and nature to be a still and stable companion on our moderate journey.

But mountains grow as we speak, valleys are abruptly gouged, and great forces in critical and fragile balance oscillate between creation and catastrophe. Our species, so obsessed with our short reign between these great onslaughts by thousands of mighty glaciers, rarely supposes those glaciers as merely short respites between even greater cycles we can scarcely imagine.
How moving if we could see this universe
through a god's eye, one in which the collapse of a star, or the birth of a galaxy were an afternoon's diversion. A vision of our Earth, our beloved home, breathing and quivering like the timid little thing it must be on that scale, could not help but transform us.
We can only imagine these expansive vistas in our mind's eye, and yet many of us try to realistically hold these grand and fleeting images as guideposts on how to manage our fragile world. But that same minds eye as often pictures a vast and placid universe, never changing, held in a godly stasis for our pleasure. Others minds alternately imagine a vast and horrible inferno - an endless bleakness - a hopeless sea of entropy.

We may be trapped within our own illusions, but there is still only one world here. It has a nature and state that exist despite our imaginings, and it is that world, the one and brutal and beautiful world of reality on which we live. If we are to succeed on this world, with this world, then we must synchronize our imaginings with its reality.

We need not necessarily rely on our fickle imagination of these listless realities. They are here for us to see, and we can record their passing as indeed we do every day.
A still image, a photograph or painting, freezes time
, locking it in a single instant - a moment captured for us to ponder in its minutest detail and wonder. By stringing these moments together, we have imaged time itself. In the past century, our cinema has rendered the agonizing passage of the foibles of our collective lives in thousands of ways.
We have mostly let time run as we know it, realistically allowing the consequence of our acts to pass at the rate we pass. Sometimes, we have slowed by half, or sped up by double the passage of time in these films. Less often we may capture images to show a flower opening, at a factor of 1000, or show
a milk drop splashing at a factor of 1/1000th.
We look at these fantastic images agog, as glimpses into a time so alien to us, at events so familiar, and yet so foreign in their invisibility across these time factors

But this process of time lapse photography has no limit. We can capture images and show processes at vastly greater time distortions. What would we make of a film shot one frame per year? That easy to achieve rate would quicken time by a factor of over ¾ of a trillion. If we were to shoot 1 frame per day, and project at a bstandard 2r framews per second, we would accelerate time by a factor of over two million. At this rate
one year would have a screen time of 15 seconds,

one hundred years, a mere 25 minutes on the screen.

I can scarcely comprehend the how I might feel watching our planet progress at this pace so much more in tune with its own breath, it's life-giving pulse. I desperately crave to watch these films, I want to see our planet as this living being, as this aging and vibrating thing, I want to make these films, and I want to find others to help me.
We want to capture all sorts of image sequences and share them openly,. even skyscapers sprouting, urban sprawl spreading. Volunteers are welcome to suggest potential sites and once sites have been designated and capture units installed to volunteer to manage sites.

Managing a site will entail coordinating the maintenence of the camera, and compliing and editing the images as they appear on the site. Given the long term nature of this task, it is expected that each site will have many managers thoughoutt it's life. Managers will pass thier sites along to a subsequent generation.