No one photographs sporting events like Pelle Cass.
Crowded Fields is an ongoing photo series by the Massachusetts-based photographer Pelle Cass. Breaking away from the rules and constraints of sports photography, he embraces chaos and provides a freshly unique way of showing the spectacle of sporting events.
For each photo of the series, Pelle put his camera on a tripod and took up to a thousand pictures over an hour or two from the exact same spot. He then compiled selected figures into a final photograph, making it a kind of a still time-lapse.
Though the photos are highly edited, Pelle did not apply any changes, not a pixel. He merely selected what to keep and what to omit. After nearly 40 hours of editing and assembling one single picture, a typical finished photo by Pelle might include two- to four-hundred layers.
Pelle Cass is a photographer from Brookline, MA. His work can be found 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. Honors include three Yaddo residencies, a finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust. Books include contributions to PhotoViz (Gestalten, 2016) and a chapter discussing his work in Deleuze and the City (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).
You can check out more of Pelle’s work on his website, Instagram or Cherrydeck profile, here. 🍒