Monday, March 18, 2024

Time Stack | Angel at the Sepulchre

Time Stack | Angel at the Sepulchre

This image depicts a technique known as time stacking where approximately 400 sunset photos are layered additively, resulting in dreamy trails of color across the sky. Each layer adds only light to the sky, drawing lines for movement and blending colors like brush strokes.

It's my favorite time-lapse method for infusing dramatic movement into a static photo.

The sculpture showcased is "Angel at the Sepulchre," situated atop the grave of Emma Rathbone Turner on the south ridge of Albany Rural Cemetery. A sepulchre (or sepulcher) is a small room or monument, cut in rock or built of stone, where a person is laid to rest.

Crafted by the skilled hands of Erastus Dow Palmer, this piece holds an enigmatic aura, featuring a seated, winged male figure in a heroic pose, palms resting on robed knees. Inscribed at its base are the words: "Why Seek Ye The Living Among The Dead." Renowned sculptor Palmer, who transitioned from cameo-cutting to large-scale sculpture upon relocating to Albany in 1849, is widely celebrated for his neoclassical style.

Palmer's ascent to prominence was further propelled by his exhibition of twelve sculptures, known as "the Palmer Marbles," at the National Academy of Design in 1856. Among his notable works are "The White Captive" (1858) housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Peace in Bondage" (1863), and the aforementioned "Angel at the Sepulchre" (1865) in Albany, New York. Additionally, his bronze statue of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston (1874) graces Statuary Hall in the Capitol, Washington, D.C., alongside numerous portrait busts.

Erastus Dow Palmer passed away at his residence in Albany on March 9, 1904, and rests in Albany Rural Cemetery a short distance from his masterwork.

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