It was anticipated that by 2010 drivers in the UK would spend an extra working week per year stuck in traffic. In Rush Hour Martin Newth confronted this inevitable reality by photographing commuter routes during peak travel times. The use of hour long exposure times reduced the relentless movement of thousands of cars and people to a faint blur. These quiet, still images that appear to depict empty roads and office spaces belie the frantic, noisy daily rush of commuter life.
Produced as part of his residency with BCA, Martin also ran a series of workshops exploring the magic of pinhole photography.
This project was produced whilst Martin was Artist in Residence with BCA. We are not currently running a residency scheme, however we do have artists’ studios to rent.
Image ©Martin Newth