Not to be confused with baseball, I've been working on this subway series since I moved to New York in 2013. I need to do something with it. This is one of my favorites.
As you may already know, I have an intimate relationship with the NY subway system. I shot this photograph three years ago. From 1:27PM to 7:26PM I shot 117 frames in at least 13 locations. Previously, I edited and may have posted 11 photographs from this particular day.
This photograph was not one of those. I remembered it clearly when I saw it today. And I think it deserves to see the light of day.
The image tells a lot about what it feels like to live in New York.
Since moving to New York the end of 2012, I have been shooting candid portraits in the subways of the city. Candid meaning they don't know I'm shooting them and candid because I'm shooting blind as far as the framing of the shot. I only know the moment I chose to press the shutter button. My subway series is an ongoing project with no specific purpose, other than wanting to do something with it. A show, a book, a ________ (fill in the blank). I have created a project folder in my photo editing platform a while back in order to keep track of them since I shoot them randomly when I'm working on different jobs or projects.
So, when I was looking in my editing program for something to post today I opened that folder to see what I could find. Well, um, all the image squares were blank, as in, disappeared. Not the originals files, thankfully, but I had spent time adding them as I went through other files. I had filed 93 shots I liked so far, and there are probably hundreds more I haven't gone through. The file numbers still showed up on the blank picture boxes so I thought I would do a search which I quickly realized would take hours. Still nothing to post.
Then I decided to scroll through all the blank frames. That's when I came across this shot. The shot that somehow did not get dropped. At that point, I figured this was the one that I am supposed to send out into the big bad world. Maybe there's someone out there that will see this photo and will know what I should do with the collection (aka my addiction). And maybe that someone will reach out to me.
I love everything about this woman and the story she is expressing.
One year ago today aliens were infiltrating this subway car. I was able to record their presence with my camera. I had never seen them before, nor since.
Blog posting every single day can be difficult, mostly because I have to come up with a new idea every day. Sometimes I just pick a file folder and pray there's some inspiration. Other times I hit my old negatives or slides for something that interests me in that moment.
Today I tried something completely different and thankfully it worked out. This time I thought it would be fun to see what I shot on this same day but a different year. Luckily, I had my camera out in New York on April 7, 2013 and actually took one of my favorite photographs.
I saw this beautiful girl in the subway looking like she had time-traveled from the distant past. My camera was on my shoulder and I didn't have time to get it up to my eye. My only chance was to guess the framing, snap it and hope it turned out.
It did. Better than I expected.
Seconds later, I clicked one more time in her direction. She had taken her hat off and was on her way.
Shot this today on my way to a portraiture session. This is my second good catch of a person in a subway window, even though I shot this photograph for the light and shadows
This is the other one. Much more difficult to capture as the train was moving. It's one of my favorite photographs.