[Self Portrait] Summer Portfolio June 2011 – 莘庄路地铁站, 闵行区

Self Portrait, Xinzhuang Station, Minhang District, Shanghai China June 2011

Subways, metros. The staple of a bona fide street photographer. The hub of transportation that serves as a main link for the residents in the suburbs. These stations are  crowded with a conglomeration of people; Farmers. Students. The weekend lovers.The odd beggar or busker. Each train is a melting pot from all walks of life and all stratas of society, a microcosm of the individuals that make up Shanghai.

It sounds perfect, except for a couple of things that could be generalized into a single issue: It is not easy to photograph people in there!

We have to contend with cramped, sweaty, shoving masses of humanity. Shooting the subjects from a range of 2m max without them noticing. The surroundings are sterile; clinical,monotone, full of plastic chairs and marble with no character to frame your environment. Lights are flourescent , harsh lit evenly exposing no shadows or any graduation of tones. Subway photography stretches the creativity of a photographer to the limit.

It’s basically trying to depict caviar from a fossilized dinosaur egg.

However, it could be done.Had I been successful? The challenge could never really be overcome. I felt I wasn’t that successful enough, and a few ideas kept popping up to push the envelope.

The photographs will just keep on coming…

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2 comments on “[Self Portrait] Summer Portfolio June 2011 – 莘庄路地铁站, 闵行区”

  1. great self portrait my friend. you’ve caught yourself in the perfect postion and the reflections of the seats in the glass lead the eye right to you…well done
    !

  2. Thank you Paul, it’s just luck really! I was looking for something interesting when we suddenly burst out of the under ground tunnel:)


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