Michael Wesely's photographs cannot be said to capture moments of life. Moreover, they do not capture days or even months. No matter how amazing it may sound, but in the photographs of the photographer, whole years appear before us, which fit into one image.
Since the 90s of the last century, Michael has constantly experimented with the shutter speed of the camera. Exposure times of a few seconds or even minutes are available to every person professionally involved in photography. But what about a few years' exposure? “We must try,” Michael decided, and in 1997 he installed a camera on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, where a large-scale reconstruction was taking place. In 1999 the project was completed. The camera stood on the square for exactly 26 months, and the resulting images surprised everyone. Destroyed or, conversely, constructed buildings stand in Michael's photographs like ghosts, fitting in one image the process of their disappearance and appearance.
The movement of the sun leaves wide stripes in the sky, while the movements of workers and cranes are nowhere to be seen - they are too short-lived to leave a mark on the film. What we see in the images of Wesley, the author himself calls "the remnants of the construction process."
A few years later, the project was repeated, but on a different continent. This time, Michael Wesley traveled to New York, deciding to capture the process of reconstruction of the famous Museum of Modern Art. This time the cameras stood around the building for 34 months, from August 2001 to June 2004. Thus, almost three years later, the photographer received images in which the translucent layers showing through and overlapping each other represent the process of reconstruction in time in the form of a dense and skillful web of forms and flowers.
Michael Wesley was born in 1963 in Munich, Germany. He currently lives in Berlin.