From New York to Trafalgar Square, composites show tourist sights that change from day to night

Usually a photo captures a moment, a static snapshot in time – but these stunning photo composites capture breathtaking locations as they switch between day and night in a single image.

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They include a tempting panoramic of New York and its unmistakable skyline; a couple tenderly embracing the bustle of Trafalgar Square; and hundreds of different animal species that share one water hole in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Another striking image shows the beauty of the Falkland Islands and its resident albatrosses.

A bride and groom can be seen in the foreground of this image with the Manhattan skyline. Wilkes took the shot from Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2016. It is just one of the hundreds of shots in his new book, Day To Night

A bride and groom can be seen in the foreground of this image with the Manhattan skyline. Wilkes took the shot from Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2016. It is just one of the hundreds of shots in his new book, Day To Night

Gondoliers go to the Grand Canal in Venice in 16th-century boats and dress for the annual Regata Storica. Wilkes took the picture in 2015

Gondoliers go to the Grand Canal in Venice in 16th-century boats and dress for the annual Regata Storica. Wilkes took the picture in 2015

Gondoliers go to the Grand Canal in Venice in 16th-century boats and dress for the annual Regata Storica. Wilkes took the picture in 2015

If you look carefully enough, you will see a few embraces amid the stream of pedestrians on Trafalgar Square in London.
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If you look carefully enough, you will see a few embraces amid the stream of pedestrians on Trafalgar Square in London.

If you look carefully enough, you will see a few embraces amid the stream of pedestrians on Trafalgar Square in London.

The images are all by Stephen Wilkes and appear in his fascinating new book, Day To Night.

The American photographer has merged hundreds of different images from the same place to create a & # 39; living, breathing story & # 39; of different landscapes.

& # 39; Day to night has been a ten-year personal journey to capture fundamental elements of our world through the hourglass of a single day & # 39 ;, he explained.

& # 39; It is a synthesis of art and science, an exploration of time, memory and history through the 24-hour rhythms of our daily lives.

The popular South Rim of the Grand Canyon as seen from the 70-foot high Desert View lookout tower. Wilkes said about the shot taken in 2015: & slept on a lookout tower while shooting for 36 hours. There was of course no light from outside, so I had to wait for the moon to light the gap. I only had one hour of exposure to get this right & # 39;

The popular South Rim of the Grand Canyon as seen from the 70-foot high Desert View lookout tower. Wilkes said about the shot taken in 2015: & slept on a lookout tower while shooting for 36 hours. There was of course no light from outside, so I had to wait for the moon to light the gap. I only had one hour of exposure to get this right & # 39;

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The popular South Rim of the Grand Canyon as seen from the 70-foot high Desert View lookout tower. Wilkes said about the shot taken in 2015: & slept on a lookout tower while shooting for 36 hours. There was of course no light from outside, so I had to wait for the moon to light the gap. I only had one hour of exposure to get this right & # 39;

Wilkes spent 18 hours capturing the crowded Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower in Paris from a forklift

Wilkes spent 18 hours capturing the crowded Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, perched from a 40-foot high forklift

Wilkes spent 18 hours capturing the crowded Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower in Paris from a forklift

& # 39; I shoot from locations and images that are part of our collective memory.

& # 39; From a fixed camera angle I capture the fleeting moments of humanity and light as time passes.

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& # 39; After shooting no less than 1500 individual images, I select the best moments of the day and night.

& # 39; Using time as my guide, all of these moments are then seamlessly merged into a single photo – a visualization of our conscious journey through time. & # 39;

A magic shot that shows Stonehenge in all its glory. Wilkes said about the image: & # 39; Late in the afternoon I saw people dressed in elaborate, 18th-century dresses in the circle. The clouds almost began to replicate the physical structure of Stonehenge. All these things came together in the most magical way & # 39;

A magic shot that shows Stonehenge in all its glory. Wilkes said about the image: & # 39; Late in the afternoon I saw people dressed in elaborate, 18th-century dresses in the circle. The clouds almost began to replicate the physical structure of Stonehenge. All these things came together in the most magical way & # 39;

A magic shot that shows Stonehenge in all its glory. Wilkes said about the image: & # 39; Late in the afternoon I saw people dressed in elaborate, 18th-century dresses in the circle. The clouds almost began to replicate the physical structure of Stonehenge. All these things came together in the most magical way & # 39;

Animals gather around a drinking place in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, during a drought. Wilkes said he had to capture the image, he spent 26 hours hanging around the spot in 2015. He mused: & All these competing species shared one pool of water and they never growled at each other so much. They seemed to understand the act of sharing & # 39;

Animals gather around a drinking place in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, during a drought. Wilkes said he had to capture the image, he spent 26 hours hanging around the spot in 2015. He mused: & All these competing species shared one pool of water and they never growled at each other so much. They seemed to understand the act of sharing & # 39;

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Animals gather around a drinking place in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, during a drought. Wilkes said he had to capture the image, he spent 26 hours hanging around the spot in 2015. He mused: & All these competing species shared one pool of water and they never growled at each other so much. They seemed to understand the act of sharing & # 39;

Wilkes said about this shot, taken in a remote location on the Falklands Islands: & # 39; The World Wildlife Fund has a house on Steeple Jason where I was lucky enough to stay. The island is scarce with few visitors - perhaps 50 people have ever set foot on the island. I spent 36 hours photographing the nuanced behavior of the albatross with black eyebrows that can fly 1.5 million miles in its life and mate for life & # 39;

Wilkes said about this shot, taken in a remote location on the Falklands Islands: & # 39; The World Wildlife Fund has a house on Steeple Jason where I was lucky enough to stay. The island is scarce with few visitors - perhaps 50 people have ever set foot on the island. I spent 36 hours photographing the nuanced behavior of the albatross with black eyebrows that can fly 1.5 million miles in its life and mate for life & # 39;

Wilkes said about this shot, taken in a remote location on the Falklands Islands: & # 39; The World Wildlife Fund has a house on Steeple Jason where I was lucky enough to stay. The island is scarce with few visitors – perhaps 50 people have ever set foot on the island. I spent 36 hours photographing the nuanced behavior of the albatross with black eyebrows that can fly 1.5 million miles in its life and mate for life & # 39;

The huge and extraordinarily detailed images of Wilkes not only capture the location, but also a day in the life of that location. Wilkes' process is intensive, the processing is meticulous and the choices annoying.

Wilkes continued: & # 39; The landmarks become our shared heritage, not as frozen, immobile images, but as steadfast bastions of a living, evolving humanity.

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& # 39; In a world where humanity has become obsessively connected to personal devices, the ability to look deeply and contemplatively becomes a threatened human experience.

& # 39; Photographing a single spot for up to 36 hours becomes a meditation.

& # 39; It has informed me in a unique way, and has inspired deep insights into the story of life and the fragile interaction of humanity in our natural and constructed world. & # 39;

Stephen Wilkes & # 39; Day To Night, published by Taschen, is now available for £ 100

Stephen Wilkes & # 39; Day To Night, published by Taschen, is now available for £ 100

Stephen Wilkes & # 39; Day To Night, published by Taschen, is available now priced at £ 100

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