A photographer has ingeniously created a clever mishmash of people and animals passing through selected locations using a smart technique to make the images. Upon initial glance, photographer Pelle Cass‘ series called Selected People seems to depict a rather busy and crowded Boston. Everywhere you look, the streets are teeming with people, some so engrossed in thought that they almost appear oblivious of each other.
Of course, you become suspicious once you know these pictures are part of a series ‘created’ by another shutterbug. Then you begin to realize that what you are looking at is a composite of many pictures. As a matter of fact, it is an amalgamation of hundreds of shots, stitched together digitally.
What Pelle Cass has done is shoot hundreds of pictures of selected public locations, which he then combines using composite techniques to include some or most people he was able to photograph.
These are composite street photos, done on a more elaborate level. One begins to wonder what pictures you can really trust to be unaltered nowadays, given the ability at which playful photographers can change them.
To assemble these scenes, Cass would go out to his pre-selected location within his home city of Boston and would take anywhere between 100-300 shots from the exact spot. Instead of creating a time-lapse video, he brought the images into Photoshop and created totally new pictures by combining selected elements from the different shots.
“I’m definitely working in the street photography genre, but I’m doing it in a different way,” said Cass. “When I’m looking through hundreds of pictures I’m definitely looking for visual rhythms. That’s not special to me. Photographers look for that rhythm all the time. But I can control it a bit more.”
The result is a bustling, densely populated world where people are caught in a seemingly busy frenzy. Cass is able to also create some extreme scenarios such as dozens of dogs taking over a park, a duck pond swarming with various bird varieties and a tree that looks like a squirrel’s nest.
Cass explains, “I want to get more life, more people, more time, more information, and more subjectivity into my photographs.” That he indeed is able to do with Selected People.
Take a look Boston seen through Cass’ camera here.