“In the reshuffled time of these composite photographs, play prevails over competition, the stands are empty and the fields are full, whole games are shown out of sequence. I rearrange the archetypes of sports into new patterns,” says American photographer Pelle Cass of his Crowded Fields series.
The full-to-bursting images are based on thousands of pictures, brought together in a final photograph that is kind of like a still timelapse. “I change nothing, not a pixel, only select what to keep and what to omit. It all happened just as you see it, just not at the same time.”
“My subjects are the lightly attended fields, arenas, and stadiums of college and amateur teams (especially women’s teams) around Boston, where I live,” adds Pelle. “I try, in the series, to convey a sense of ecstatic chaos – rhythm, pattern, and bodily pleasure that conspire to turn sports back into a game, one may be invisible to the eye, but clear to my camera.”
Pelle Cass is a photographer from Brookline, MA. His work is in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Polaroid Collection, the DeCordova Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has been featured in Wired Raw File, the Washington Post, Colossal, The Creators Project, and many others. Honours include three Yaddo residencies, a finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust. Find out more: pellecass.com.
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