I always had an affinity for the New York City subway during the late 70's and early 80's. It represented the blood-filled arteries of a city pumping with organic, authentic, city-brewed culture. It was covered with tags and pieces while filled with people of every size, shape, age and color. It was reckless and untamed and most importantly, it was New York City.
Perusing the gallery of gritty snapshots, one thing becomes particularly salient: there's an almost unfamiliar energy and intensity flowing through New York City subway. Today, many commuters wall themselves off in a personal bubble of their smartphones, e-Readers, or the odd newspaper. Before the promulgation of the personal CD player or cell phone, every moment on the subway allows for human interaction. Could a photographer prowling the A train capture the same images today?
See the full gallery at Two Four Flinching.
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