When it comes to creative photographyyou know us, we are always on the lookout! Well today, we found you a little concept which is rather original and well thought out, executed by a renowned photographer. This one likes to say that he is magicianbecause he can compile twelve moments into one. We explain everything, go!
During these last few years, Shovel Cass worked on a photo series (still under development to date), titled Crowded Fields (literally, crowded grounds). His project is focused on sportshe goes to games where he photographs as much as he can. What is his how to ? Excavator takes hundreds of pictures of the same scene (here, a sports venue) and compiles them on a single shot. Simple, no? Yet, we had to think about it.
With his art, Pelle Cass captures how people interact with a place or environment as time goes by, thus presenting a kind ofvisual history coincidences that sometimes occur. Since 2017, Pelle has turned to the sporting world, focusing in particular on student events.
The result ? Pictures completely crowded with people, who are actually the same players. A bit like a timelapse, this type of photo can even condense an hour of match in one and the same shot! The photographer explains:
I have always been fascinated by the moving body and the strangeness of time. To make my compositions, I put my camera on my tripod, take a lot of pictures, then I combine the selected silhouettes into one final photograph, a bit like a timelapse. I do not change anything, not a pixel. I just select what to keep and what to remove. All this happened precisely as you see it, but just not at the same time.
During the same match, it happens that Pelle can take up to 1000 shots, to be able to then create combinations of infinite movements. And even if the photographer continues to use this process for other situations (in parks, sidewalks), this is the sport he prefers to show. His work lends itself more, but also, definitely changes all the preconceptions about the sports photography.
Nevertheless, one would tend to automatically think: it is a master of Photoshop. But it seems that there would be a subtle little trick that the photographer would use, instead of a simple pieced collage technique. The clipping would be way too tedious, right? Many people are amazed and zoom in their photos to solve this puzzle, but Pell suggests that his work has this effect "because everything I do is completely true, even if it includes some small fakes."
Regardless, it does not prevent his photos are superbly creative and are irrefutable proof that we can still innovate in the field of sports photography. We love !
Imagined by: Shovel Cass