“The days blend together, the months lurch ahead, and we have no idea what time it is. The virus has created its own clock” (Pardes, 2020). Our perception of time has been distorted throughout the past year and a half due to the pandemic. In her research entitled ‘The passage of time during the UK Covid-19 lockdown’, psychologist Dr Ruth S. Orgden, has shown how 80% of participants in the study experienced significant changes in the way they perceive the passage of time during the pandemic (Orgden, 2020). Whilst our perception of time has shifted, the question, ‘How can one attempt to perceive the illusion of flow of time through still imagery?’, became more relevant. Throughout the research, various approaches were taken to explore showing the illusion of time in one image through physical and digital manipulation.
A key figure in the research was theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, in his book ‘The Order of Time’ he states that, “The difference between things and events is that things persist in time; events have a limited duration” (Rovelli, 2017). This idea shaped the visual language of the project which aimed to depict the limited duration of our experiences into one image.