At first it’s not clear what you’re viewing. And once that becomes evident, a new question presents itself: how did he do it? As part of a series titled “Stainless” photographer Adam Magyar boarded a train and rode it into Shinjuku station, the world’s busiest train station. As his car approached the platform Maygar began filming – in
super slow motion high speed* – footage of people waiting to board the train.
(*a facebook commenter corrected me: it’s actually high speed footage, not slow motion. The high speed camera captures the scene at an enormous number of frames pr. second, which, when played back at a normal frame rate, appears in extreme slow motion or is frozen in time.)
There is so much wonderfulness in this video, but perhaps it’s said best by the creator himself: “An endless row of living sculptures brought together by the same subway line, the same direction, the same intention of taking the train to get caught and carried away by the urban flow. All their motions slowed down, they are graceful and stainless, holding their breath waiting for their train to pull into the station.”
If you want to know more, check out this 20-minute presentation in which the artist talks about his work and his technique.