I’ve been to New York city twice, stayed totally 20 days. While there, subway became my “best friend”. Different from other cities of the country, New Yorkers are not into the U.S. “Car culture” and everyone takes subway. Although I wasn’t impressed with the subway system, I did experience some interesting stuff walking to and from the subway.
What I found:
1. The NYC subway stations are like public stages, everyone can be a performance artist here.
2. New Yorkers walk fast with their serious looking faces – the faces bear distant that people often mistake for coldheartedness. But reality is people there are very friendly.
I like NYC, the energy, culture, people and its subway.
Lately, I was introduced to this photography book called Wall Street Stop which collects a series of New York Subway photos. I found those coldheartedness faces, but I know deep inside, it’s warm.
After the financial crisis, Dutch photographer Reinier Gerritsen spent seven weeks in New York Wall Street subway stop taking photos of various of passengers. In June 2010, the book Wall Street Stop was published by Hatje Cantz. While some are questioning the “subway photography has been done before and these photos can only be regarded as ordinary ones,” but more people have recognized the different way Gerritsen has done, “Gerritsen positioned himself in front of a door of a subway car and put himself in such a scenario: “close to departure, a quick glance”. He is good at taking a quick-fire series of photos, and then back to his studio to final photograph by composing elements from the individual shots.
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