‘King of Timelapse’ Captures New Zealand Landscapes and Starscapes
New Zealand photographer Joseph Michael, aka the King of timelapse photography, featured on the cover Photography Monthly and spoke to them about the three months he spent capturing New Zealand starscapes and landscapes for his new media arts exhibition, Dark Cloud : White Light. The project saw him braving the elements for periods of 24 hours or more to create a carefully curated visual and audio experience that reveals the hidden wonders of the New Zealand Landscape.
When asked why he decided to do a timelapse project in New Zealand, Michael explained: “I was born in New Zealand. Growing up here I always wondered why people made such big deal about its attraction. I guess the experience of overseas travel showed me how unique it actually is… But what drew me most to filming a project here is the lack of population. I wanted to do a project on our incredible landscapes and see how many places I could film without any man-made infrastructure.”
Reflecting on the project, Michael says belief and commitment played a huge part in his success. “My advice [to other photographers] is to believe in yourself and your talent. If you have a clear vision then people will jump on board. Opportunities always arise if you’re absolutely committed to a project.”
Dark Cloud : White Light is on show at Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua until mid-October, with the exhibition potentially set to tour in the United Kingdom later in the year.