Image credit – Jonathon Keats


Time capsules are a fun way of burying pieces of the present to be unearthed in the future and reminisce about the past. In a way that’s something photographer Jonathon Keats is planning as he has set up four cameras around Lake Tahoe with a 1,000 year shutter speed that he hopes will be shown off in an exhibition in 3018.

It is a very, very ambitious project since no one really knows what will happen to us in the next 100 years, let alone the next 1,000. For all we know humanity could have very well been wiped out by then, but assuming we’re alive and well, Keats has a contract with the Sierra Nevada College to hold the exhibition for the four photographs.

The idea behind this ambitious project is to document the passage of time, where the 1,000 year exposure will capture the various changes made to the landscape in terms of climate change and also urban development. The cameras used is the Millennium Camera which is a very simple and durable camera made out of copper and features a pinhole that will be used to allow light to pass through and focus on a rose-colored pigment.

Like we said, we have no idea what the world will look like in the next 100 years, so we can’t imagine what 1,000 years will bring.

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