by Dario Taraborelli
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Tate Blur is a project by photographer Dario Taraborelli. Dario says that
I enjoy watching people pass by through impersonal, neglected spaces like staircases or escalators. Tate Modern offers a perfect canvas to study crowds of passers-by in a neutral context: four layers of people idling, walking or sliding in opposite directions and two black walls framing their movements against a white background.
Tate Blur was originally intended as a project bordering on abstract photography. The initial aim was to pick out simple visual accidents from a stream of people in motion. Motion blur erases identities making single details stand out in unpredictable ways from anonymous human material. But the more I tried to capture visual accidents, the less abstract these pictures became, blurring the distinction between the visually and the sociologically interesting.