PATTERN EXPLORATION | SUNRISE : SUNSET
EARTH OMBRÉ by PATTERNITY in Barbados
“We live in a world that follows a fixed idea of time, a standard synchronized time held in place by time zones, clocks, and calendars. Instagram users reveal a different idea of time, a richly textured irregular time in which the setting sun and end of the day for one individual is the beginning of the day for another, a never-ending loop.”
All Our Suns is a map visualization of photos tagged #sunset and #sunrise uploaded to Instagram in the past 24 hours and updated in real-time. While Instagram users upload photos of the sunset within 4 hours of the sun setting, many Instagram users wait until the end of the day to reminiscence about the sunrise.
The project highlights the cyclical nature of time, showcasing both the visual patterns of the sky with each day presenting a unique visual array, and the unseen patterns of the human experience of time and how these have changed with new technology: shifting away from looking to the celestial bodies above to a digital and mechanical timepiece…
“Carl Jung first defined synchronicity as meaningful coincidences. A world in which clocks are synchronized allows us to find moments in time in which Instagram users upload a photograph of a sunrise at the same time as another user uploads a photograph of a sunset. Hundreds of times a day, users unknowingly post photos of the beginning of the day at the same time as other users post photos of the end of the day. See the synchronicity matches play out in the following map visualization. Hover over points on the map to see the photos.”