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Commuter Diary – part 8

So far I’ve mostly been focusing on the infrastructure of commuting – the trains, the buses, the buildings, the mechanical bits. Here are a few shots of the human side – the reason the infrastructure exists in the first place.

It’s an all-too-common sight on the train or the bus – someone taking up two seats with their stuff. It doesn’t really matter when the train is more empty than not, but on a busy, full train during rush hour, well… it’s downright rude. Thus, the question gets asked, even if only in an internal monologue – “did your bag also buy a ticket?”.

Did Your Bag Buy a Ticket?
Did Your Bag Buy a Ticket?

Another very common part of the commuting experience is waiting. Waiting for the bus, waiting for the train, waiting for someone to come pick you up at the bus stop or train station. With the omnipresence of smartphones, nobody reads books or newspapers any more – instead it’s little glowing screens that light up their face with a deathly pallor as they hone in with a zombie-like intensity on the images and text being fed to them by an iSomething.

Waiting With Phone
Waiting With Phone

An interesting side effect of the way I take these photos is seeing what does and doesn’t move over time. This poor woman looks like she has hair of concrete as her face moves but her hair doesn’t.

Hair Doesn't Move
Hair Doesn’t Move

Mummers Parade Part 3 – the Canon 5D

This is, for the most part, the “portrait” take on the Mummers Parade. With a few notable and obvious exceptions, these shots are of individuals in the parade. One of the things I found fascinating about the parade is the age range of the participants – everyone gets involved from toddlers in their first satin wench’s frock to seniors in mobility scooters. It’s a very family-oriented event despite the blatant public consumption of alcohol (frequently to excess, as my witnessing of a young, possibly underage, woman disgorging her beer onto the asphalt demonstrated. And NO, I did not document her embarrassment).

I’ll come back and do one more post of the Mummers Parade with the group shots, when I’ve got those organized.

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Who you gonna call?
Who you gonna call?

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Serious Zombie Makeup
Serious Zombie Makeup

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Party on!
Party on!

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Now THAT'S what I call a fur hat!
Now THAT’S what I call a fur hat!

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People-watching, Virginia Museum of Fine Art

Hall, lounge chairs, VMFA
Hall, lounge chairs, VMFA
Patrons, VMFA
Patrons, VMFA
Formal Dining Room, VMFA
Formal Dining Room, VMFA
Staircase, VMFA
Staircase, VMFA
Café, VMFA
Café, VMFA

I realize there are no people in the staircase shot so it’s not technically people-watching, but it’s part of the same space, and in a way the absence of people can be about the interaction of people with a space in the same way that people in the frame can be. All photos were taken with my Contax G2 and the 90mm and 21mm lenses. Film used was Kodak Ektar 100.