By Emma Taggart
A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon, and Earth are aligned, causing our world to be momentarily engulfed in a shadow cast by the moon. The natural phenomenon occurs on Earth only every 18 months on average, but it is estimated that they recur at the same place only once every 360 to 410 years. Inspired by the rare event, Los Angeles-based photographer Dan Marker-Moore decided to capture the most recent solar eclipse, which occurred in Chile on July 2, 2019.
While most photographers capture images that depict single eclipse phases, Marker-Moore decided to document the entire event in one image by arranging multiple photos of the sun into charts and patterns. Each composite photo contains between 26 and 425 photos of the Sun and Moon that were shot over 3 hours. The series artistically showcases the solar eclipse from start to finish, revealing how the sun changes from a full, bright sphere, to a dulling crescent, to eventfully being fully covered by the moon’s black shadow.
Scroll down for Marker-Moore’s Eclipse series. You can also purchase the collection as prints on his website. In addition to his photo charts, the photographer also created a mesmerizing time-lapse video of the July 2 event—check it out below.