About the Project


An old, worn book full of notes, drawings and apparently very old photographs is discovered. Tests show that the book has been lying there for more than 1,000 years. Thousand-year-old photos? How can this be? The photos and hand-written entries leave us no alternative but to conclude that the book is a diary that belonged to time travelers.

This multimedia project was initiated in 2011 by the photographer Thomas Saur. The basic concept was to document the adventures of two time travelers using the medium of a fictional diary. The project is inspired by the novels of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells and has a look and feel that are highly reminiscent of the steam punk genre. The resulting set of unique images were the result of significant effort and the application of a great deal of photographic skill. In addition to photographers Thomas Saur and Stefan Arand, the filmmaker Christian Fischer and a large team of behind-the-scenes helpers made the project possible. Steam punk artist Alexander Schlesier created much of the bespoke equipment used in the shoot, such as the portable time machine, various weird and wonderful goggles and a myriad of other mysterious odds and ends. The success of the project hinges on the aesthetics of the photographs themselves and the complex nature of the processing steps applied to them. You can read all about the initial stages of the project in Issue #6 of c’t Digital Photography. Our current plans include a book of the best photos from the project, an exhibition of photos and steam punk ephemera and a spin-off film. The current state of the project and any important upcoming dates will be published on this website.

© Thomas Saur 2011