Adam Magyar, a Hungarian born photographer and videographer, has found a way to truly extend the moment. Using a specially designed industrial camera ($16,000) used to shoot high resolution images at incredibly high speeds -100,000 frames per second (film is normally shot at 24 frames/second)- and from inside a subway car, he filmed the people waiting for the subway car as the subway car arrives in the station.
He shot the footage at 56 times normal speed, transforming 12 second blurs into 12 minute films stunningly slowed down. Magyar wrote software to support clarity and noise reduction. These riveting images are incredibly intimate, detailed, mesmerizing— they stretch the present into its microcosmic bits, an opportunity to scrutinize the minimalist moment and movement. Like statues nuanced with life, the humans wait, many absorbed in their technology, many isolated and alone, suffused with emptiness– aesthetically riveting and precise.
In this series called Stainless, “42nd Street” (Grand Central Station NY) and “Alexanderplatz” (Berlin) shown above and at the bottom of the post are excerpts. “Shinjuku,” (below) is the full length movie.
(Thank you, MH, for the lead.)