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Starting last summer, I have been taking regular candid snapshots of people I see riding on the subway (and sometimes bus) on my daily commute.  I use the Hipstamatic App, and usually shake the phone before shooting, which randomly selects a combination of software “film” and software “lens” to create different looks for each shot.  I’ve decided to publish them quarterly, on a half-year delay.  So here, on this day of yet more snow in NYC, is a glimpse of last summer.  Click on any thumbnail to view in a lightbox, and click on the left or right edge of any lightbox image to move to the next or previous image.

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  • TimoJanuary 27, 2011 - 10:10 am

    A very nice series – love it!ReplyCancel

  • Hector GarzaJanuary 27, 2011 - 10:29 am

    I really like these ones Mark!
    Candids are the best IMO because they’re not posing at all, they’re showing their true selves.
    My fav one is the second from left to right on the second row.
    Thanks for sharing subway life.ReplyCancel

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  • Jerry DenhamJanuary 27, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Mark these are outstanding. Love the whole series of shots.ReplyCancel

  • PreetiJanuary 27, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    What a varied cast of characters! Really cool idea, Mark.
    BTW, has anyone ever “caught” you taking a photo of them?ReplyCancel

  • Alex LJanuary 27, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    For all the subway riding I do, I’m waiting for the day I show up in one of these shots.ReplyCancel

  • markJanuary 27, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    Thanks for the comments all. This has been a heavy traffic day, comparatively, for my site.
    Preeti, I’ve been lucky, and I have some tricks to avoid detection. I think a couple of times people other than the subjects noticed, wrinkled their noses, but didn’t say anything. I think only once has the person I took a picture of noticed, and he scowled but didn’t do anything else. His picture should be in my Fall 2010 set which will come out in about 3 months.ReplyCancel

  • […] have been negligent in posting images from this project of Hipstamatic subway candids. The last time I did so, I posted a few dozen images from an entire season (Summer 2010). I’m dropping the […]ReplyCancel

Sometimes you need to step outside of the crosswalk.

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Young men in floppy hats are never well served by proximity to older men in simple hats with brims.

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The corner of Bond Street, also known as Second Street, and Bowery, on a very cold Sunday morning.  Like yesterday’s image, taken without focusing the lens, because I was so cold I simply forgot.  This one turned out better because the focus was by chance turned out to infinity, or close enough to it, and the main subjects are across the street.  Besides the cold, I think I also forgot to focus because I forgot to bring another lens I really wanted to use and I let my annoyance over that get in my own way.

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  • Jim DenhamJanuary 24, 2011 - 9:02 am

    I like the contrast of the cold street with the warmth of the sun on top of the buildings. Nicely done!ReplyCancel

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  • Rob HansonJanuary 24, 2011 - 9:20 am

    It turned out well despite not focusing!ReplyCancel

  • John SotiriouJanuary 24, 2011 - 9:34 am

    The vignette makes this image for me! Nice catch!ReplyCancel

  • DaveJanuary 24, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    There’s something about the processing combined with the slightly off focus that has given this shot (at least to me) a very seventies feel, perhaps even the look of a Polaroid, only with stronger colour. Like the warmth at the tops of the buildings contrasting with those cool blue tones in the shadows. :-)ReplyCancel

  • markJanuary 24, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    Thanks all.
    John – glad you liked the vignette. It came from the lens, and I decided to leave it instead of trying to fix it.
    Dave – the color comes from the Nik Color Efex Cross-Processing Filter, which has lately become one of my favorite options. I used it recently on this image, yesterday’s shot of the vacant lot, and the shot of the liquor store that sells men’s suits last week. It has I think 16 different settings, each one mimicking a different type of cross processing, which is an inherently film technique and the source, I think, of that 70s look. Cross processing, for anyone who does not know, is intentionally mixing the wrong combination of film, processing chemicals, paper, and toner. For example, you might use the chemicals for slide film on regular negative film.ReplyCancel

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