His technique emphasizes the beauty of movement through dynamic portraits of athletes in mid-motion. In attaching lights to moving figures, Marsh is able to simultaneously capture past and present motion in one frame. Not only is the viewer able to appreciate the posture and physical endurance of the athlete, the traces of light flowing from the figures allow us to witness a continuous motion in a static frame. The photographic process is both performative and collaborative - the photographer and athlete must work in tandem, transcending the constraints of time and gravity to create an extraordinary image.
Tim develops this medium even further through the use of hand drawn and carved stencils (often inspired by 80’s pop culture) to capture light in a more controlled manner. The stencil is placed in a dark setting, illuminated section by section during the long exposure process and finally captured in one shot. The intense process behind these works incorporates highly technical drawing, photography and a scientific interaction between the stencil, light and camera that allows for chance and photographic interpretation to develop the image beyond the original drawing.
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