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November 14, 2003

What are you taking a picture of, heh, heh?... She really wanted to know... no she did not really want to know, she just wanted to say something that would put me on the defensive side in front of her other teenage friends. And she never made it in to the frame... the R train was going at full speed, it was shaking like crazy when I decided to do what I used to do as a boy on the couch... imagine that the ceiling was the floor. Turn a room into a place with hanging furniture. Now I was turning the subway car into a sardine can filled with human bats.
If only somebody turned off gravity, could we possibly fit more humans into a subway car?...


It is nice to know that other people look at the world in the same way I do. This afternoon, as a matter of fact, I was on the train doing the same thing, sans camera. I could not stop staring at the ceiling, wondering if in fact it was turned upside down, would anyone notice (except of course the seats would have to change as well) the next time they got on?

Posted by: zara on November 15, 2003 01:17 AM

fantastic idea..

Posted by: shauna on November 15, 2003 04:54 AM

Surely you don't believe that each individual on the train is an object for your consumption? Why is it ok for you to photograph unconsenting strangers and post their images on the www?

Posted by: wagmano on November 15, 2003 11:07 PM

this is a really good point.
hmm... i wonder how many images of us are taken by machines during a regular day in new york.
it is almost impossible to take any photographs in new york without accidentally having New Yorkers in them.
The image you see here was not taken with the intention to incriminate anybody in the picture. It is a photograph of a public space. I am not trying to sell it...
Hmm... It is something one should pay attention to, I agree.
I do not take pictures of people who let me know that they do not want to have their picture taken.
Not even in a public space.

Posted by: Witold Riedel on November 15, 2003 11:14 PM

Here is a good source of additional information. The Photographer's Right.

Posted by: Witold Riedel on November 15, 2003 11:26 PM

nice shot

Posted by: 990000 on November 16, 2003 12:09 AM

thank you. : )

Posted by: Witold Riedel on November 16, 2003 12:15 AM


the subay looks a lot cleaner upside down...

Posted by: neille on November 16, 2003 11:05 PM

it does, doesn't it?...
: )

Posted by: Witold Riedel on November 17, 2003 01:03 AM
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