A journey is always an opportunity for a photograph. My images are often shot surreptitiously, from the hip with my Canon G10, hoping to capture something worthy of a picture.
Many stations on the Underground have been up-graded, and this one in particular attracted me because the design was atypical of most Underground stations. I had fired off a few shots of the design elements and then I spotted this line of people waiting for the next train.
They looked an interesting bunch and I very quickly shot: just the one shot – a chance shot. When eventually I looked at this back home on the iMac, I noticed the range of facial expressions, the assorted baggage, the varied degrees of slumped sitting. The tiredness so evident in some of them.
Click on the image to see an enlargement to get a better view of this random group of fellow travelers. It’s well worth doing.
It was only this morning as I was re-sizing the image for loading that I thought about a B&W conversion. Strangely it had never occurred to me. I liked the colour in the original, to my mind it added an extra dimension. But I have now run a B&W conversion; and I think it works. The coldness of the medium seems to match, and even enhance, the obvious weariness of the people. It creates a different mood.
PS: Linda Leinen (commenting as Shoreacres – see below) made a very perceptive observation about the mint green background and produced a new version removing the green tint (see below). I really like this version that Linda has produced and thought I should add that version to this post: thank you so much, Linda. I seriously recommend that you all take a look at Linda’s blog ‘The Task at Hand‘ – she writes beautifully and her blog is one of my favourite reads.