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Pelle Cass at Camerawork Gallery
May 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pelle Cass, Crowded Fields
May 4 – May 31, 2019
301 N. Graham Street, Portland, OR 97227
Located in Lorenzen Conference Center – Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.
9am – 6pm, Monday-Saturday, Sunday, 10am-4pm
Free off street parking available, Stair and elevator access, TriMet Routes 4, 24 and 44
Event is free and open to the public
Brookline, MA photographer Pelle Cass notes, “The reshuffled time of this series of composite photographs called Crowded Fields, 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.
“To make the compositions, I put my camera on a tripod, take up to a thousand pictures, and compile selected figures into a final photograph that is kind of a still time-lapse. 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. 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 that may be invisible to the eye, but clear to my camera.”
Basic information on my process
• I put my camera on a tripod and take up to a thousand or more photos over an hour or two from the exact same spot. A thousand photos is typical.
• I compose the files in Photoshop. A typical finished photo might include two- to fourhundred layers.
• It takes me about 40 hours to assemble a photo in Photoshop. The whole process— from shooting to polishing the final file—might take about two weeks if I’m working on it full time.
Pelle Cass is a photographer from Brookline, Massachusetts. 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, the MFA, Houston, and others. Cass’s work has been published widely online, in books such as Photoviz, Deleueze and the City, and Langford’s Basic Photography and magazines such as Consumer Reports, Businessweek, McSweeney’s, and the Boston Art Review., and he’s received fellowships from Yaddo and the Polaroid Collection.