Simon Terrill - From the series “Crowds”, 2007. C-print

In one way or another, these pictures look toward both the darkness implied by the presence of crowds and the utopian ideal of liberation when the barriers between people dissolve in the mass. Through long exposures, multiple exposures, positioning the camera on cherry pickers, lighting towers and stage scaffolds I was able to witness the madness and pleasure of these ecstatic festivals, rites of passage and swarming matter; a mass abandonment to the electric space of the crowd. Within the patterns, blurs and moments of abandon, perhaps a crowd is the ultimate social space.

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