For 130 years, National Geographic has been using the power of photography to tell meaningful stories, inspire people to take action and transport audiences to unseen places. A new exhibition opening at the National Geographic Museum on Feb. 13, “Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes,” takes that experience even further by showcasing stunning images by photographer Stephen Wilkes that capture the passage of time. The exhibition will be on display at the National Geographic Museum through April 29, 2018.
Wilkes is widely recognized for his fine art and commercial work. He creates visually compelling scenes expertly crafted from more than 1,500 images taken from a fixed vantage point over the course of 15 to 30 hours, from sunrise to sunset. Wilkes spent much of 2017 in the field on assignment documenting bird migration routes for the March 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine.
In “Day to Night,” visitors can marvel at Wilkes’ stunning compositions of landscapes paired with human or animal narratives and appreciate the movement and energy of locations such as Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City as they transition from day to night. The exhibition gives visitors behind-the-scenes insight into all that’s involved in Wilkes’ shoots, from the research put into scouting locations; to determining how time will move through the image, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally; to the time spent conducting the actual shoot; and finally to the extensive editing process, during which Wilkes selects the best moments captured from thousands of images to seamlessly combine them into the stunning finished product.