Street photography for many people, myself included, means hunting for emotional stories. Trouble is, it’s very often difficult to be sure what kind of story you’re looking at. Take this lady in the subway for instance. Is she tired, sad or just momentary rubbing her eyes? I have no idea but I liked the red, white and blue of her outfit together with the position of her arms and obviously, the fact her hand is covering her face.
Believe it or not this was taken at the Harvard subway stop around 8:30pm on the fourth of July. The lack of other figures is kind of spooky but by this time in the evening my guess is most people had already made their way to the banks of the Charles River in Boston to listen to the concert and watch the fireworks.
Black and white images can be SO powerful! This subway portrait was taken with My iPhone and edited in the amazingly powerful app Snapseed.
This photograph was taken in the Porter Square subway station Cambridge, Mass. When the trains let out, the long escalators are filled with travelers.
There is a great mural of old fashioned trains on the ceiling over the people. I very much liked the conrast between old and new modes of transportation.
In todays’ digital age a lot of people, including me, place a good deal of stress on just getting noticed. Sure the photo above is an arresting image but if that’s all it is, that’s not enough.
If I told you that I was watching this guy from the time he got on the subway for a chance to take his picture. However, because he didn’t look overly friendly I wasn’t sure I could do it without a possible altercation.
I came up with this plan. Since my seat was right next to a door, if he got off before I did, there was a chance a picture could be snapped while his attention was on stepping off the car.
As luck would have it, he did leave one stop earlier then I and although he caught a quick glimpse of my little Ricoh GR camera he got off the car without incident.
A little more context never hurts. Thus ends the lesson.
There’s not much that can be said about this except it breaks your heart.
I’ve often found, when taking pictures in the subway, one of the best places to be is on the platform just outside an open car door right before it closes. What’s going on here, stage left? Who knows, but the major figures are arranged as if they were in some sort of play.
Maybe it’s because it’s almost Christmas?
The door of the subway car was just about to open and this couple was poised to get off. However, from the look on their faces it was not going to be a stress free experience.
That’s the great thing about street shooting. Observing the thousands of situations in this city’s daily life that have mystery and drama to them yet can’t be fully understood.
Of course the sleeping woman is arresting but then again the off center splash of color is too. Initially I planned to crop the image tighter and just emphasise the figure but changed my mind after looking at it for a while. Off balance? Yes, but then again….