the duration of things that are subject to change

The word time is derived from the Latin word "tempus" and since ancient times it has designated a non-tangible unit. ... 

From physics it is possible to define time as the separation of events that are subject to change. It is also understood as a flow of events. In this way events are organised in sequences, making it possible to determine the future, the present and the past.

  • In relativistic mechanics the values of time can vary according to the observer; their reference system used and the point at which they are located. 


In philosophy, time has been defined in different ways from the ancient Greeks until today.

  • The Aristotelian concept relates the notion to movement, as in physics – the measure of movement in relation to what preceded and what happened.

  • Other philosophers such as St. Augustine relate time to the soul - the past is something that no longer exists, the future is something that will come, and the present slips away… becoming a memory.

  • The Kantian theory intuits time as that what has happened, a concept that belongs exclusively to man. Time is not related to movement or to what is external to people, but as something interior and personal, which allows us to organise our intimate experiences.


How could I photograph time?

As a photographer I asked myself again and again how to photograph time. 

Physics states it is the separation of events subject to change, the flow of events. Relativistic mechanics argues that time is something absolute and the same for all people but varying depending on the view of the observer.  Philosophy wrestles with the notions of identity, individuality and memory. How then can I apply the concept of time in photography based on both philosophy and science?

This is Tempus: the duration of things that are subject to change.