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#onthe1train

06/23/2014

Belle

Back in January I started taking sneaky photos on the 1 train and posting them to my Facebook page. I didn’t think much of the series initially, but it sort of took off. People love seeing what I see on the train and, honestly, I love being sneaky and finding amazing slice-of-life photos!

Meet the 1 Train.

Meet the 1 Train.

Weary.

Weary.

And tonight on the Bronx bound 1 train we have crazy guy in the blue hat singing religious songs in a loud, breathy voice. Meanwhile those around look either uncomfortable or laugh (or take photos).

And tonight on the Bronx bound 1 train we have crazy guy in the blue hat singing religious songs in a loud, breathy voice. Meanwhile those around look either uncomfortable or laugh (or take photos).

Mama teaches her son about healthy eating while she chugs a green smoothie.

Mama teaches her son about healthy eating while she chugs a green smoothie.

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"Ladies, you are gonna see black men jumping (yeah) black men flipping (yeah) black men strippin... NAW" (Actually on the 2 Train.)

“Ladies, you are gonna see black men jumping (yeah) black men flipping (yeah) black men strippin… NAW” (Actually on the 2 Train.)

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Teen girl squad sharing way too many personal details, way too loudly.

This guy rode all the way from 231 to 86th looking this happy. Clearly he is either about to get laid or is a NYC visitor. (Or both)

This guy rode all the way from 231 to 86th looking this happy. Clearly he is either about to get laid or is a NYC visitor. (Or both)

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  1. Karaleen #
    June 23, 2014

    Oh my word. Pure genius. I love these. Yes…..keep it up. Sneaky pictures are the best! And your captiona are awesome too!

  2. June 24, 2014

    Love them. They remind me of Vivian Maier’s photography.

    • June 24, 2014

      Oh what a compliment! I love Vivian Maier!

  3. June 24, 2014

    These are lovely photos! You capture the moment and reality really neat.
    Although I would hate to find my own picture on a random blog without my approvement, just saying.

  4. JB #
    June 24, 2014

    Love the photos. thanks for sharing.

  5. 35life #
    June 24, 2014

    Ok LOVE these!!!!!

  6. jak #
    June 24, 2014

    love these – first one and the breakdancing especially. i never understood why nyc had so many breakdancing husslers on the trains but now i realize the city could have picked a better car layout… the seating is almost designed for watching breakdancing. face-forward seating without all that room in the middle would’ve gone a long way to curb the entertainment. not that it wouldnt be missed though;)

    • June 24, 2014

      The performers are so the best! There is a musician who plays at Times Square station that I am obsessed with. I’ll try to get video of him next time and share it with you all!

  7. June 24, 2014

    These are amazing!

  8. Trish #
    June 24, 2014

    These are fantastic photos! What a variety of life you must see. Do you ever get scared on the train? Do you take the baby on the train? Love seeing what NY is like.

    • June 24, 2014

      I don’t get scared on the train, but occassionally when coming home late from class I get a little creeped out walking from the train through the dark city to my apartment! And yes, I take Sabine on the train regularly and she LOVES it. She smiles and makes friends with everyone she meets.

  9. June 24, 2014

    I absolutely LOVE these!! (Erm, hey, just sneaking back into the blogosphere with my tail between my legs a bit…) Seriously, though, keep this up; something so powerful about how close-up they are without the subjects realizing they’re on camera.

    Also, SABINE! What a freakin’ adorable bean she has grown into… have adored catching up on all your goings on in the big city and am so glad the teensie apartment is working out and you’re finding a great community there.

  10. June 25, 2014

    More!!!!!!! Pure genius!!

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