Journey of discovery

Hiroyuki Masuyama – Weltreise

Hiroyuki Masuyama, Weltreise, Detail, 2015, photography in light box, 47 x 2750 x 15 cm, Courtesy of the artist & Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut / Hamburg, © Hiroyuki Masuyama

Most people are fascinated by being above the clouds and seeing the world from above. Hiroyuki Masuyama conserves this special moment between heaven and earth in an endless panorama. Frankfurt – Bangkok – Tokyo – Honolulu – Los Angeles – New York and back to Frankfurt: Masuyama’s camera takes a photo every 20 seconds on these routes. When combined digitally, the approximately 7500 individual images form a snap-shot-like simulation of a 42-hour flight around the world that does not exist in this way. 

Weltreise is a photographic documentation of space and time and questions to what extent our perception of the world is influenced by a change of perspective, technical possibilities, and our own experience. At the same time, the question arises how a journey around the world might look like at present and in the future.