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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Looking Twice, the Platform at Union Square

Union Sq, NYC
Photo by myself at Union Square subway station.

The lighting at the platforms at Union Square is pretty damned great.

The platforms are washed in light, while the tracks are relatively dark. The result is dramatic and stage-like.

Mark is away on business in LA (Los Angeles). Without him here, I couldn't figure out which photo was better of the same scene. What do you think?

There are more people in focus and in frame in the photo below, but I like the stance of the red-headed woman in photo above. She provides a central focus.

Union Sq, NYC


I'll be off for a long weekend, joining Mark in LA starting today (Thursday). Hooray!

Daily photos will continue here. Same bat-time, same bat-channel.

Related posts: Across the Platform, at 59th Street, A Moment on the Subway Platform and The Elevated Tracks in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


lewi14@gmail.com said...

Great! I like these underground photos very much. Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

Excellent work. I like the first better.

Anonymous said...

Have lots of funn. Enjoy

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

As always, I love your subway shots, Kitty. They immediately whisk me away to New York. I think I actually like the redhead's stance in the second shot a little better--it's a little more Reginald Marsh dynamic. But I like the slightly warmer coloring of the first shot. (Also loved the Batman reference!) Have fun in L.A.!

Ken Mac said...

where's waldo?

Leif Hagen said...

I like the subway platform shots especially since we don't have a subway. Will you be in New Orleans or another part of Louisiana? I was just in New Orleans for 5 days!

Banjo52 said...

I see why it's a hard choice. I'm partial to the first one for the reasons you state, plus that bit of motion on the right. But they're both very fine--again culture portraits.

Groups like this sometimes make me think of Chaucer's pilgrims, which in turn makes me think of Charles Baxter's superb story from the 1980s, "A Late Sunday Afternoon by the Huron" in his book Through the Safety Net. Like you, he's a student of the crowd in that story.

Sérgio Pontes said...

Very nice one, i like it

Pixeltoko said...

I totally agree with you on the first shot. Great!

Steve Rosenbach said...

I vote for the 2nd photo. The young red-haired woman is indeed the focus in both, but in the 2nd photo, her body positioning is more interesting - much less static than the foursquare stance in photo 1.

Both are very good, thanks to your composition and the lighting, but I say that No. 2 has the edge.

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