Jonathon Keats poses holding a version of his "millennium camera" designed to make a 100-year-long exposure on the Amherst College campus Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Amherst, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years.Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a "millennium camera" that he intends to mount in a churchless steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year exposure of a western Massachusetts mountain range.The camera, Keats explains, is very simple, so simple that nothing mechanically should fail.Since pinhole cameras aren't designed to last a thousand years, Keats made his of copper because of its resistance to corrosion.That image will be of the Holyoke Range, a modest but picturesque mountain chain that scientists believe has existed for 200 million years. What a denizen of the 31st century would see is not a before-and-after image, not what today we might call time-lapse photography, but rather one picture depicting a millennium of change.
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