Photo by myself on the subway, somewhere in Brooklyn.
Eight o'clock on Monday morning is not the time to mess with most New Yorkers.
I was trying to take a stealthy photo of the fellow on the left, who was drawing in his sketchbook. His neighbor caught onto my shenanigans and did not seem pleased. I know I'm being terrible for posting this, but his expression is wonderful!
There is not that much space between the seats on a subway train. The seating is arranged differently than commuter trains, where people sit in rows and all face forward or backward.
Subway trains are arranged maximum efficiency. During rush hour, you may have someone's belt buckle in your face. There might be three rows of people standing up, swaying to every movement of the train.
When the train is empty, you are confronted with the seats across from you, and the people in them.
Related posts: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Underground, On the Ride Home and Tales from Below - A Subway Transcript.