Watch The Moon S Shadow Sweep Across Teton Valley In This 360  video

Watch The Moon S Shadow Sweep Across Teton Valley In This 360  video

Some people spent years preparing to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse in the United States.

Westport, Conn., photographer, artist and filmmaker Stephen Wilkes waited until 4 p.m. the Friday before.

“We were sort of late to the party,” Wilkes told Time in an interview at the International Photo Festival in Olten on Saturday.

With hotels, rental cars and flights all but sold out, Wilkes decided to fly to Salt Lake City where he and his assistant got one of the last rental cars and found a last-minute Airbnb opening.

“A lot of things karmically came together for us to even get there,” Wilkes said.

After seeing a piece on CBS Sunday morning, Wilkes knew the eclipse was something he had to see, especially given his photographic series called “Day to Night.”

“I have spent the last 9 years of my life compressing time in a photograph. When I realized I could watch this in real time — watching day turn into night — this thought of it made me crazy. I knew I had to see it with my own eyes.”

Wilkes’ photographs from iconic locations have been exhibited around the world and published previously by TIME. His method involves photographing from one location over the course of 12 to 36 hours. He then, based on time, picks the best moments of the day and night, blending them seamlessly into one photograph.

He decided early on that he wanted to get a view of the Grand Tetons near the Idaho Border. After a day of scouting for the perfect location, he found the Grand Targhee Resort located in Alta, Wyo.

The resort opened the mountain to the public, selling 500 tickets to the top of the mountain, mostly to locals who lived and worked in the area and bought tickets weeks in advance, according to Wilkes.

“We quickly discovered that one of the most unique parts of the view was being able to see both the Tetons and the Teton valley to the west below,” he said.

Having worked with 360° video over the past year on other projects, he brought along a compact self-stitching camera which produced the results you see here.

“It gives the viewer an experience of an event that you can’t replicate. As wonderful as still photographs are of the moon crossing the sun, when you see it in 360° video you actually get to experience the event of totality as if you are standing there,” he said.

“Seeing the eclipse in totality was an extraordinary visual experience; watching the shadow of the moon as it traveled across the valley from the West was spellbinding. The low midday clouds suddenly turned the color of sunset peach, day turned to night, and a cold evening chill enveloped us. It was as if our entire concept of time had become compressed; “real time” felt like hyper time lapse.”

Wilkes’ latest work from his “Day to Night” series will be shown at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York opening Sept. 14 and running through Nov. 11.

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Counterprotesters Flood San Francisco Streets To Denounce White Supremacy

Counterprotesters Flood San Francisco Streets To Denounce White Supremacy

Counterprotesters dominated the streets of San Francisco on Saturday morning after a right-wing “free speech” rally planned for Crissy Field was canceled.

Tensions swirled in advance of the weekend, as local officials feared the rally would attract white nationalists, potentially leading to violence with counterprotesters. Many critics said it was unsafe to hold such a politically charged event weeks after a deadly confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists and progressive activists clashed.

The group that organized the rally, Patriot Prayer, said on Friday that the event would be moved to Alamo Park in San Francisco because of concerns about safety at Crissy Field. But police had Alamo Park largely surrounded and fenced off on Saturday morning, with officers turning away counterprotesters who showed up with signs such as “F— Nazis.” Later in the day, Patriot Prayer’s founder Joey Gibson said that alternate gathering had also been canceled.

Thousands of counter-demonstrators meanwhile gathered at various locations around the city, many intending to march through San Francisco to a musical “Peace, Love and Understanding” event near City Hall. One of those locations was the Castro, the city’s historically LGBT district. Demonstrators, many of whom traveled to San Francisco from nearby cities, danced and waved signs with slogans like “Fascism Shall Not Pass” and “Will Trade Racists for Refugees.”

“We have the fascists on the run,” said California state Sen. Scott Wiener, standing among the throngs in the Castro. “We’ve sent a clear message to them that they have free speech, they can say what they want, but they can’t be violent. And these people showed their true colors” when they “abandoned” the event, he said.

Crissy Field is federal land, so the National Park Service was in charge of issuing the permit for the gathering. When that approval came through on Wednesday, there was a long list of banned items, ranging from helmets to pepper spray to selfie sticks. Wiener believes that it was various safety restrictions that led the group to call off the event less than 24 hours before it was supposed to start, because those would “make it impossible for them to hold an explosive rally.”

In the early afternoon, Gibson appeared alongside right-wing activist Kyle Chapman in a Facebook Live post to discuss the decision to cancel the rally. “I’m sorry to everybody who bought tickets, paid for gas,” Gibson said. “I just felt like it was going to be a huge riot.” He reiterated his belief that the cancellation was the fault of liberal detractors who characterized the event as a gathering of white supremacists, thereby attracting extremists.

Gibson has publicly disavowed white supremacy on several occasions, though individuals who hold those beliefs have been attracted to his events in the past. At a press conference in Pacifica on Saturday afternoon, he said his only plan was to personally show up at “random spots” in San Francisco to have dialogues with people who live here.

It was unclear if any of those who had planned to attend the event in Crissy Field would rally elsewhere during the weekend. A similar right-wing event planned for Sunday in Berkeley had also been canceled because of safety concerns.

The people taking to the streets of San Francisco appeared to be in a generally jubilant mood. At some counter-demonstrations, people were instructed to hug one another en masse. Protestors wore balloon-animal hats and blew giant bubbles. At Alamo Park, the location of the famed Victorian houses known as “Painted Ladies,” a giant banner had been draped across down from one of their roofs. It read “Love Trumps Hate.”

“We are all about love and inclusion and embracing everyone,” Wiener said, as a woman walked up to hug him in the Castro. “We’re going to celebrate and protest … and really show what this city is about.”

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A Right Wing Free Sch Rally Planned For San Francisco Has Been Cancelled

A Right Wing Free Sch Rally Planned For San Francisco Has Been Cancelled

A “free speech” rally planned for San Francisco’s Crissy Field this weekend has been cancelled, the organizers said in a Facebook Live post on Friday.

The event was planned for Saturday by a right-wing group known as Patriot Prayer. Joey Gibson, the 33-year-old founder of the Portland, Ore.-based group, said that after consulting with law enforcement, he believed that people might be at risk for harm. “It doesn’t seem safe. A lot of people’s lives are going to be in danger,” Gibson said on Facebook, adding that “tons of extremists” planned to show up and the event had the potential to become “a riot.”

Gibson blamed liberal politicians and critics — who repeatedly characterized the event in terms like “Nazi rally” — for attracting extremist groups, despite his repeated public insistence that white nationalists are not welcome at the event. “It just seems like a huge set up,” he said.

Instead, Patriot Prayer will host a news conference on Saturday at Alamo Square, to discuss the “rhetoric in San Francisco.” The purpose of holding the rally, Gibson has said, was to challenge people on the left and the right who are too intolerant of any viewpoints that don’t match their own.

California state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents the San Francisco area, tweeted that a news conference in Alamo Square would be “illegal as they have no permit.”

Coming on the heels of a deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Va., many feared a reprise in San Francisco. A second right-wing rally was planned for Sunday in Berkeley, which repeatedly dealt with such blow-ups this spring. But according to ABC7, the organizer of that event has also asked that “no one come” due to “violent threats” and “grave concerns for the safety of the people attending my event.”

The specter of neo-Nazi groups coming to the liberal city had sent progressive activists into hyperdrive on both sides of the bay. By Friday, they had organized more than a dozen counter-demonstrations in San Francisco and Berkeley, ranging from dance parties to a marches to the formation of a 100-foot “human heart” that would be photographed from the sky. People gathered on Friday afternoon for a “Unite Against Hate” event in San Francisco’s city center, and residents have been bracing for thousands to arrive throughout the weekend.

Late Friday, it remained unclear whether rally-goers would still show up in Crissy Field. But the streets won’t be quiet. Megan Rohrer, a Lutheran pastor who has been helping to coordinate the organization of those counter-demonstrations said, “They are all still on.”

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