The ultimate time machine may be a high speed camera. Ok, so it won’t transport you back to view dinosaurs or watch Lincoln give his The Gettysburg Address. However, a high speed camera can show us moments we never see. Fractions of time so fast that without these cameras we would be forever ignorant of what just passed before our eyes. It makes us wonder. How much we miss during our daily lives?
German artist Markus Reugels is showing us these moments in an astonishing way. Reugels specializes in high-speed photography. Using water, paint and a little luck he is able to show us a world we never see. These structures are formed through simple water droplets and splashes and Reugels is on hand to grab a moment in time with his ultimate time machine…his camera. The idea is similar to the imagery you find with cymatics only much more chaotic and unpredictable.
If we think of the ultimate time machine, we may want to include variations in time itself. Why should we only travel back and forward in time when we could tap into perception of time. The real mystery of time has yet to be unlocked and we may find that bending our perception (faster or slower) that we may see new parallel universes starring back at us.If your perception of time is faster than normal and if your brain could perceive information that is normally too fast for our eyes and brain to register consciously, we may see a world we never knew existed.
We know that our visual perception is not complete or accurate. We do not see all the information that is around us. We have blind spots and we only register a small fraction of the light spectrum. So the ultimate time machine should not only take us to view the past and future, it should allow us to see the unseen in these times as well!
Take a look at some of our favorites below and think about how many moments we miss in our lives. Like tears in the rain… gone forever… unless you have a time machine.
Images : Markus Reugels