Special Newsletter: HD Time-Lapse Film + September Exhibition in Canberra

Hello again, some highlights of the last month have been:

 - preparing for the one of the bigger competition events on my photographic calendar, the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) to be held and judged in Sydney 24-26 June, in conjunction with the PMA Australia Photo Show, held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre

 - finalising a new image to be released shortly from Fiji

 - spending a week in NSW's beautiful Hunter Valley (and coming back with a few bottles (ok, cases) of wine)



Exhibition in September, 2011

Dates to put in your diary/calendar: 15 September to 1 October.


Over these 2 weeks in September, I will be holding an exhibition of some of my large, exquisite prints at the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka.  This will be a special opportunity to see 10-14 of my Limited Edition Prints - up close and personally.  It's also a chance to come and say hi to me in person - as I'll be talking about the images on the opening night, and will pop into the exhibition a few times over the 2 weeks. 

More details to come later, but just wanted to let you know the dates in advance, especially for anyone travelling from outside Canberra - I'd love to see you too!

Something a little different - an HD Time-Lapse Film

In 2007, I undertook a personal project to create an time-lapse film to be exhibited at the High Court of Australia, and the following year at the Huw Davies Gallery in Manuka, Canberra (the location of my exhibition in September this year).  This was part of Vivid - the first ever National Photography Festival which saw 100 exhibitions in 50 venues across Canberra.  I was sad to hear recently that plans for the second Vivid, to be held 4 years later in 2012, have been shelved due to a combined lack of investment by ACT and Federal Government buildings and other local businesses who were involved last time.  Nevertheless, it was a fantastic event last 3 months and showcased the array of talent in Canberra, and celebrated a cross-section of photography in Australia.


The Film: Compressed

Compressed is the name of the film, due to the huge compression of time which occurs - from 2x what we experience as normal time, through to life at 1000x normal speed.  This was mostly an experimental project for me, as my experience with video was limited.  I made the 8 minute film through the capturing of 14,000 photographs over 3 months.  I originally composed, performed and recorded the accompanying music for Compressed, but later decided to change it to a piece by Steve Booke.


David Chalker, Director of PhotoAccess and the Huw Davies Gallery on compressed:
(used with David's permission)

"I saw Chris Morrison’s Compressed in the exhibition at the High Court of Australia in November
last year [2007]. It was a beautifully realised work and—despite its distracting, crowded surroundings—mesmerising.

Chris accepted our invitation to show Compressed in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY Multimedia Room during VIVID: The National Photography Festival—one of seven HUW DAVIES GALLERY exhibitions on the VIVID program.  Compressed is an eight minute high definition moving image work made from a staggering 14 000 digital photographs. It was made using time-lapse photography in Canberra and Sydney.

In his project, Chris Morrison began to experiment with a technique that combines photography and motion pictures, time-lapse photography—and hence Compressed.

Chris Morrison tells us about the background to and making of Compressed in his Artist Statement. The work challenges us to contemplate a world in which time is compressed, where the measures of time—hours, days, years—are multiplied and the things we know in terms of time speed up.

Chris Morrison’s Compressed is a visually arresting work, and PhotoAccess is very pleased to share it with a wider Canberra audience through this showing in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY and VIVID: The National Photography Festival."



Artist statement
When you think about it, time is only a concept of measurement to help us make sense of the world. ‘Time is neither an event nor a thing’ according to Liebniz and Kant. We as humans can only understand time by referencing it to regular events or intervals. Einstein said ‘Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.’


We have always linked time with the motions of the sun and the moon, throughout humanity’s existence. Take a minute, then, to imagine the world if time as we know it now in real time, at two times that speed. What if events in the universe occurred at twice the speed? What if the Earth rotated twice as fast and circled the Sun in six months? Would a day still be 24 hours, with the hour becoming 30 minutes as we know it, or would it just be 12 hours? Would a year still be 365 (short) days, or 182.5 days? What would life look like to live it in constant fast-forward? How much would we eat? How much would we sleep? Would we develop an increased level of awareness? What would a tennis match look like? What effect would this have on fundamental
constants such as gravity and light? What would be the duration of an 8 x 5 working week? Would our life expectancy be 80 years, 160 years, or 40 years due to the hectic pace? Would we have even evolved into intelligent beings? Essentially, what would the universe look like if time was compressed?


These are the questions that Compressed was derived from. Now, take these questions and try to imagine the world at 4 x or 16 x or 50 x or 1000 x that speed. The project aims to explore the notion of compressing time, and how that concept might appear to us when viewed in real time.





You can watch Compressed by clicking play below, or clicking here to view the HD version on my

Vimeo Channel.







Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below :)




Best regards,











#1 Judy Tier 2011-06-03 19:14
Loved it Chris. The Sydney sequence particularly - Luna Park amazing. The windscreen washer also.
Great work. Invite me to your opening.
I am going to Laos next week on a volunteer assignment. Blog at judytierinlaosblogspot.com
#2 Chris Morrison 2011-06-04 08:38
Thanks Judy! Glad you enjoyed it.
Will certainly keep you informed of the exhibition.
Good luck in Laos and thanks for the link.

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