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Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

Some images are so expressive that time seems to stand still, and nowhere is this more so than in the work of virtuoso fine art photographer Howard Schatz. Schatz’s photography fabulously captures the elegance of the human form, and his Motion Study series gives the grace with which the body can move a uniquely mesmerising dimension. Moments in time are protracted and preserved – crystallised alongside one another in captivating fragments. The effects are spellbinding, as we appreciate the finely tuned abilities of athletes performing at their peak. Here, energy is coiled and then released in an amazing spiral-patterned image of a golfer’s swing.


Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

Here gridiron star Tiki Barber’s spinning, dance-like moves make American football look like ballet.

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Image: Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

Gymnast Sean Townsend’s sweeping trajectory as he swings through 270° is fantastically frozen in time.

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