Down Escalator Flow

Commuter Diary, Part 11

More in my Commuter Diary series. These are more about the people on the train and in the station than they are about the stations and trains.

The man in the suit stands out not only from his attire but also from his posture and from actually standing apart from the other riders on the platform waiting for a train.

Man in Suit
Man in Suit

This was a visual experiment for me, to see what it would look like to follow a moving subject. This man was talking furiously on his phone, pacing back and forth in an erratic elliptical orbit of a spot on the platform.

Man, Pacing with Phone
Man, Pacing with Phone

The flow of people is remarkably sharp given the length of time I had the shutter open for (several seconds). The repetition of people’s shapes going down the escalator is from the escalator being turned off and them walking down, so they pause just long enough between strides that they register over and over again. I’m going to re-try this experiment and see how many repetitions I can capture.

Down Escalator Flow
Down Escalator Flow

Another typical experience in the daily life of a commuter – watching the person in front of you as you ride up the escalator.

View, Up the Escalator
View, Up the Escalator

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