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Pelle Cass: compressing time in one photograph

By Ruth Dunn on July 3rd 2013


Pelle Cass is taking street photography to a new level in his recent series titled ‘Selected People’. In this series hundreds of photographs are taken of the same location and certain people and animals are selected and combined into a single image.

When Cass sorts through his images he looks for patterns within the movement of the animals and people. For one photograph he noticed that a number of people walking down the stairs had their foot inches off the ground at particular moments so he used Photoshop to combine them all together in the same image. In other images he finds color patterns, lines and in one image he even sorts people into sexes.


“When I’m looking through hundreds of pictures I’m definitely looking for visual rhythms,” he says. “That’s not special to me. Photographers look for that rhythm all the time. But I can control it a bit more.”

By taking a series of photographs of the exact same location, Cass catches things the eye would miss and combines them into one image pulsing and overflowing with life.

“Above all, my work shows a surprising world that is only visible with a camera,” he says.

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Ruth is a Brisbane based journalist specialising in articles about visual art, photography, design and fashion. Co-founder of Raw Ink magazine, she enjoys uncovering interesting and unique events, issues and people to write about.

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