PetaPixel

Long Exposure Photos That Capture the Hustle and Bustle of Big Cities

Metropolis is a project by photographer Martin Roemers that consists of long exposure photographs that show the bustle and chaos of large cities.

Specifically, I’m looking at the small stories of the street vendor, the commuter, the passer-by, the market stallholder and other pedestrians, who populate the street or are a part of the traffic. Despite the megacity and its mega-commotion, their environment still maintains a human dimension. I present this by photographing busy locations from above. Moreover, every photo has a long exposure time so that the big city’s vitality is shown through the movement of people and traffic while the image literally focuses on the small story in question. Every megacity is a theatre and every city has a different stage and different actors, but in the end every single one of them is trying to make its way in today’s modern society. [#]

The project was awarded 1st prize in the 2011 World Press Photo competition in the category “Daily Life”.

You can see the rest of the series here.

(via BOOOOOOOM)


Image credits: Photographs by Martin Roemers and used with permission


 
  • http://twitter.com/Zta77 Zta

    I like it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/adragosphoto Dragos Asaftei

    Really awesome! :) I love last picture, it’s the most representative for the oriental cities.

  • John E. Branch Jr.

    I really love those. They give me yet another reason to want a DSLR–the control you need to shoot things like this.