Kinetic Energy Crystallised In Time

Karl Fabricius
Karl Fabricius
Scribol Staff
Art and Design, May 08, 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.

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

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

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  • This dazzling motion image of somebody skipping shows off Schatz’s phenomenal photographic techniques.

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  • This image of a dancer is grace and fluidity incarnate – a hologram of perfectly controlled leaping motion.

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  • Agility and power spring as one in this breathtaking black and white shot of a basketball player jumping through the air.

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  • This pair are something special – a blur of seamlessly smooth and beautiful synchronised movements.

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  • In this almost bewildering shot, the wave-like energy of a tennis racket swinging and striking a ball is revealed.

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  • The raw force of a sprinter as he moves though space makes for a more staccato but no less striking sense of motion.

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  • And finally, soccer star David Beckham is the focus in the steps that precede him sending a rocketing football from his boot.

    Howard Schatz’s acclaimed work is exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. His images have been published in numerous international magazines, among them Time, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Life. He has been featured on the Today Show, Fox Sports Network and the Discovery Channel among others, and his images have been used for various major ad campaigns. Schatz is renowned as a retina specialist as well as a world famous photographer. He lives with his wife in New York.

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