In photographer John Clang’s intriguing series Time, Clang photographs pedestrian traffic along the city streets of New York at various times. He then deconstructs the fluidity of the crowds by tearing multiple photographs into strips, akin to the pieces of a broken mirror, and then compiles them together into a single frame. The combination of split seconds into one moment is Clang’s visual collection of the passage of time. By combining shared moments, he confronts issues of intimacy among crowds of strangers, visually portraying how many people can share one space without ever coming into contact with one another. Clang says, “A series that involves recording a location, to show the passing of time in a montage style. There is a sense of intimate intricacy of how time moves, and how people, albeit in a different time, are actually closer to one another and traveling in the same shared space. I’ve always been intrigued by the constant subtle changes in my urban environment. Every subtle shift affects my feelings and thoughts, hence my images respond acutely as a poetic reflection of myself in this environment. Working on this series, I explore how time moves in this seemingly static urban space. The people become the moving energy flowing through this space, marking the changes, forming the time.
These images also explore my fascination that there are probably many time dimensions in this universe. We may have a ‘life’ that exists similarly on a different path, one minute before or after the one we’re living now. We merely just exist in this current dimension, and sometimes when time paths collide, we have déjà vu experience.’