I promised that this, my third photo of my travelogue would not be of a person- instead it's one of people. Don't worry, there are many shots in store of temples, shrines, gardens, mountains, maples... But I am trying to do things chronologically and one cannot write about Japan without referring to the bullet train or trains in general. I was acquainted to trains the very first day as Tokyo is enormous and traveling from place to place often required changing trains, following hurriedly blue, white, yellow lines in large railway stations which direct the commuters to the appropriate platform.
Inside these trains people generally do not make eye contact, each person has a way of coping with the daily tediousness of commuting. Some have a catnap, others SMS or play on their Nintendo DS.Others read manga or catch up on important reading relating to work.i had experienced peak hour only a few times, usually there is room to move and even a seat to sit on.
When one bullet train passes another,each more than a dozen wagons long, there is the unexpected boom, a slight vibration and it's all over in a few seconds. The locals do not react to this, but I found it disconcerting as it happens unexpectedly.
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Traczewska (14) 2009-11-29 3:02
I had a pleasure to make a trip to Japan.. in Japan visited quite a few sites.. some of pics presented here.. and now try to recall all my observations.. what made you think Klaudio that "no man is an island" ??
Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya street are full of black-haired crowd, the underground is full of masses rushing to work, or in opposite - home.. But.. did I have a chance, traveling quite often to watch anywhere else such a diversity of outfits, hair-styles, make-ups, faces, silhouettes??
From the most modest one to the most extravagant, almost theatrical costumes using for an every-day??
Furthermore.. even when, especially outside big cities , you met similar dressed pupils, office workers, do you really had an idea they're thinking the same, they're longing to the same, love and hate very likely?? Isn't too simple Klaudio??
I assure you, doesn't matter which part of the world you'll select for your future adventures.. you'll not meet two human beings, even slightly similar in their body, soul and mind.. we were born as islands, and this is one of our biggest attitudes- to be individual..
You are showing at your pic portraits of 9 passengers who are so divided.. at the very first glimpse I can realize how difficult it would be to describe who they really are, which stories are carrying with themselves and you are seeing only anonymous wave of human sea, here??
I would say: generalizations are the worst.. and travels help to revised them effectively..
with regards, agn
wolf38 (31258) 2009-11-29 5:59
Hello Claudio. The realistic and vivid photo pleases me very well. Well observed and photographed a very skillfully realized. Regards, Wolfgang.
holmertz (39569) 2009-11-29 12:04
Except for the sanitary masks, this looks pretty much like the metro in Stockholm. People dozing off, reading or sending text messages, very few talking to strangers. It's a simple snapshot but with good clarity and sharpness and a nice document.
By the way: regarding your little conversation, there's a slight misspelling in the title... (I'm an expert proof-reader) :-)
macondo (18595) 2009-11-29 13:11
This could never be a peak hour train in Melbourne either, Klaudio - there's far too much ROOM in the carriage, and no graffiti. No doubt it fills up in Tokyo at peak times. Again, a surprisingly smooth photo done without flash in the available light and at a slow shutter speed. I had the same experience on the French TGV, with that amazing boom as the trains pass each other. But have you ever stood on a platform as one of them rushes through at 300k? THAT is scary.
mafegan (8624) 2009-11-29 14:37
Such a typical scene from the busiest metro on earth. Everyone is preoccupied in their own little world - never any interaction. So repetitive is the journey that those who catnap still know when to dismbark. I have travelled on the Tokyo and your photo sums it up so well. Very sharp considering the slow shutter speed and no tripod. Tfs, Marlene
Dyerco (10185) 2009-11-30 7:55
Well seen Klaudio
This could be public transport in any large city. People do not make eye contact and a certain feeling of being alone in a crowd occurs. This image is well exposed with good DOF.
anokutan (15097) 2009-12-02 22:51
I wa really captivated by the beauty of your composition.
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (23607)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-28
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/15 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2009-11-29 2:37