‘Passage of Time’ is a recent image made at Kura Tāwhiti/Castle Hill. The reserve sits under Bortle Class 2 skies meaning typical, truly dark skies – something much of the world’s population no longer has ready access to, while New Zealanders are still relatively lucky to have plenty of dark skies to view the stars in. I wanted a photograph that captured the passing of time across a range of scales while also being a blend of different worlds. Castle Hill is a popular spot for many different activities, yet relatively few people go there to experience the night skies though they are near-pristine and show the reserve in a whole new light (starlight that is!) that gives it an extra layer of mystique. The long exposure, made over several hours, shows the apparent rotation of stars in the southern night sky, rotating around the south pole while the formations of Castle Hill stand as guardians – weathered by the passage of time. This photograph was exhibited in 2022 at Te Mataaho: Alternative Views of Selwyn at Te Ara Ātea in Rolleston.
- Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mk II
- Technique: Mulitple stacked frames
- Aspect Ratio: 5:4