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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jazz Players, on the Subway Platform

Sax, L train platform
Photo by myself on the L train platform, at Union Square.

A group of musicians performed some squirrely jazz to commuters, Wednesday night.

The platform for the L train is usually packed with young people going to and fro between Manhattan and Williamsburg. I went there with the intent to take photos of the kids waiting for the train.

I felt strangely conspicuous, though, perhaps because the platform is relatively narrow. The inbound trains stop along one side of the platform, and the outbound trains stop along the other side. There are no other platforms of people to look at, that is, few distractions to occupy people. I found it easier to take a photo of the musicians.

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10 comments:

Olivier said...

ce qui fait l'ambiance du metro New Yorkais, et les musicien sont souvent tres tres bon

s.c said...

Nice picture and great that you keep to your urban street views.

Washington Cesar Takeuchi said...

Hi Kitty! When will you try to take photos of the kids again? Anyway the photo of the musicians is nice!

Kitty said...

Hi Olivier
Yes, this is it, right? The grime on the steel structure, the drab tile. Quel ambiance!

Thanks SC!

Hi Washington,

I will have to try again soon. I think it really depends on your mood, whether you feel more daring or less conspicuous. It's funny. I believe how you carry yourself can attract more or less attention, so it really is more up to you than your subject.

Hope you are well!

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful shot Kitty!

Wayne said...

You've really got to hand it to drummers who busk. Carting around even a small kit requires serious dedication.

Rose from Oz said...

The first thing I noticed in this picture was the shine - instruments, drums and the stair rails. Glamour in an otherwise bleak underworld. I have totally no training in photography and couldn't take a good pic for the life of me and this is why I get such pleasure seeing the world through your lens. Oh and especially NYC!!

biebkriebels said...

That must sounds great in the subway these jazz musicians. It always made me happy to here music in the subway in NY.

Ysabelle said...

Kitty, your so talented! and I'm sure those people loves to hear Jazz music :D




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Futureclimax said...

Hi, Great Picture!
Are the colors natural in that kind of light or You used some in camera filters like chrome etc?