Subway – Keeping it Fresh
What to say about NYC Subway moments . . . From fresh flowers to a feather in his cap. Jamie had packed up his guitar from playing Jimi Hendrix tracks on his usual Friday afternoon platform and was making his way home. "Too many cops about and I need to keep the karma good. . . ." Then I ran into the fur wearing Joy Diva, it was a rush job but "Sure honey, you can take my photo!" - the subtext of which was my wondering if we could hang out, go clothes shopping together and hey presto, my wardrobe, and my life, would be transformed! We can't all be performers and divas but we are all part of the same crowd, just keeping the karma together. * * * * *
love all you posts Patti keep them coming
Thank you so much kcammisuli!
Patti, thanks. My weekend crashed and it seems more bad news is pending on Monday. I was resigned to a deep blue funk when your post was the first in the e-mail queue. The pictures are transcendental. I’m not sitting in a recently sprayed living room. I prowling the underground watching people, looking for characters. Again thanks.
Tom, I’m sorry to hear about your funk. Hope the news this morning is better than anticipated . . . . please let me know.
You’ve brought a freshness to everyday underground living!
Do people ever refuse when you ask to photograph them?
Have to tell you though Annie, my first shots from that day, after getting out of the train, were of a fight/slanging match between two women on the very crowded platform but I had to be careful about not getting too close in case they both turned on me and my camera!
And yes, people do refuse but the numbers who have done so are very small – two incidents were of women making public spectacles of themselves in street protests, and others say no but change their minds. The dynamic changes when people ask me to take photos of them . . . .
Do we get to see those?
Patti, thanks for taking us for a ride to those places of NY. You are always innovative with your photos.
Always a pleasure to have you along for the ride, thank you Carlos!
Just when I was jonesing to get back to the city – a Sunday treat. Thank you!
Hope it’s soon and thank you!
Such fresh and alive street photos. You have captured great moments on the subway. My favourite must be the lady in fur, but they are all great shots.
Thank you so much Otto! The NYC Subway should be one of the most exhausting places on the planet but often times it is also one of the most energising places, in that quietly understated fashion of contradictions which abound in this city!
Wonderful shots. I really love the second one. It’s full of happiness … beautiful 🙂
I am so pleased you enjoyed J’s great smile, thank you Anette!
Good shots – and I love the title of the post!
Thank you for your comment Gaynor – I have to admit that titles often have me seriously stumped. In that “do I have to come up with a title” which is seriously lazy me talking . . . .
They’re all beautiful, but the portraits are just excellent – love your natural, light touch. You’re so good at capturing life.
So many kind words, thank you so much Richard!
Never a dull moment in your images, Ms. K!
So many warm smiles! fascinating personalities!
Your forth piece makes me a tiny bit nervous, though (but only because I know what would happen if I were to try that)! And I really, really like all the various ‘lines’ in your last image…
SiG, I do have some hostile faces from this series (they were screaming at each other) but I don’t want them coming after me . . . 😦
plus the shots were a little on the blurry side, because of all the action!
Aren’t subway lines fascinating! Hope it’s OK to admit this here . . .
Thank you as ever for your kind words 🙂
Beautiful shots I do not B&W this kind of photography itself. But I admire the moments you capture I also think that the people you are photographing not argue that there is flashed
Thank you for your kind words and I am always so grateful for no arguments, whatever the colour!
I think that your choice to do these in B/W was spot on. Nicely captured and shared!! And.. it looks like it’s never a dull moment in the big city!
and when a dull moment does hit, well, it can be either very relaxing or something of an anti-climax. I suppose it all depends on the mood! Always lovely to have your company here in the big city, thank you Derrick!
always a pleasure. 😉
Just delightful Patti! The accompanying words too.
Wish I could experience this first hand 🙂
Madhu, you need to channel your inner Anne Hathaway (don’t we all . . .) and hope your wish “comes true!”
What a series, and hats of for freezing that headspin.
Thank you Allan and I am happy to report that he has since moved on from this spot. There was something extra about this particular group which really did keep the crowds attention!
what all activities 🙂
It was that sort of day Joshi!
Of course, the woman bending over her flowers is the best photo. You can just tell her passion for flowers by the expression on her face that is framed by the buckets of flowers at the front, even though she is reading a paper.. Patti, you probably do your best work when you hardly know what you are doing. You follow an instinct (or genetic imprint) and let go…
‘Letting go’ is the essence of creativity. It is much more than having the right camera or tools, technique etc.
Gerard, you have rumbled me but your very kind and positive words have me feeling much better about the truth that I hardly know what I am doing! 🙂
Just Cool. I love New York 😉
There always seems to be something happening here, thank you mcralf! Do you have a favourite part of NY?
Magnificent! Tweeted it. I love your “eye” 🙂
You are the sweetest, thank you LFR! 🙂
wonderful street shots again, Patti – great stylish fresh NYC diary you are writing step by step!
and “We can’t all be performers and divas but we are all part of the same crowd, just keeping the
The streets are the stars in the never ending show that is this city!
I spend very little time these days on blogs, but I had to stop by your place Patti, if only to feel your spirits and feel closer to good folk like you. By yourself a flower from me 🙂
Paula, please accept a bouquet from me to you! 🙂
sorry for the misspelling of buy 😉 (too much work)
No probs and hope the work load eases for you soon!
Love that shot of Jamie – one of my all time favorite buskers & yes he does a great Hendrix 😉
Isn’t he so cool, and so sweet! I saw him again the other day, playing at another station. Worth missing the train for!
Wonderful to see some glimpses like this. Love that smile!
Beautiful shots, Patti! 🙂
So this is the subway the people face every day? I LOVE your pictures. What an insight of character and LIFE, living – really LIVE. Just great.
Good quality pics, too.
Excellent set of B&W in dodgy lighting conditions – Jamie definitely looks the Hendrix type 🙂
You are an absolute part of the scene – you see it, giving us these fantastic moments – that fourth one down is priceless – gum on the floor? 😉
I also love this dirty grain, feels like the city has licked them..