Calling Adam Magyar’s Stainless project a collection of “slow-motion videos” would be an understatement. In fact, these fast-spreading pieces of work are much more like mesmerizing, living tableaus than they are simple videos with adjusted frame rates.
Stainless was originally shot as a series of stills depicting the always moving, urban circulation occurring in underground subway tunnels. Shot with a high-speed camera, the images were all high resolution, with enough detail to make out even the most subtle facial expressions of train passengers.
Magyar’s series of videos takes this theme to another level with its super slowed pace and the hypnotic movements of passengers on the platform. The videos include captured moments on trains in New York, Berlin, and Tokyo. Magyar describes the project in his own words:
“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.”
The amazing thing is that Magyar himself developed both the software and hardware that he used in shooting the videos. You can see all of Magyar’s work — both still and video — on his official website.