Capturing motion is in a photos that essentially freezes a moment in time is not trivial; We’ve shared works showing motion by literally freezing a high speed movement or by intentionally letting it blur. Matthew Pillsbury has a knack for capturing motion. He takes long exposure photos freezing all but the movement of people. In his recent photos, which are exhibited in Tokyo and New York, Matthew took photos of vibrant fast-paced urban areas of cities all around the globe. The results are hypnotizing.
We reached out to Matthew to ask how he makes the images so alive, making the viewer feel right there, in the situation.
All my images are made using long exposures, from a few seconds to an hour, and whatever available light is present at the scene. The length of my exposures is driven by artistic consideration. I’m looking to reveal something surprising in the world around us. Since Muybridge, we all know how the use of extremely short exposures can show us the world in a way we can’t perceive it directly. Similarly, I use long exposures to find surprise and make us question our perception of the world.