Photos: Candid Shots From The Underground

I commute to work everyday on London’s Underground, (which I’ve learned is over 100 years old!). There are so many interesting people on the tube so I started taking photos of them. Okay, I feel like a total creeper taking candid pics of people, BUT I find them to be the most interesting subject matter out there because you never know what you’re going to get! Everyone has their own story — they’re all coming and going from different locations and share time on the tube with complete strangers for an average of (I would guess) 1.5hrs a day. On average there are over 75,000 commuters a day, and its amazingly clean considering there are NO garbage bins anywhere on London Underground property! I generally tend to avoid taking pics of people because I feel awkward putting them on the spot (I guess I imagine myself being photographed + feel nervous). But taking candid pics with the iPhone is so easy as it’s not obvious at all, so everyone remains in natural poses. One thing I’ve found very interesting is that people tend to build up a bubble around themselves to stay within their own personal space. They do so by playing games on their phone, listening to music, reading the newspaper, or reading someone else’s newspaper. I like when friends sit together as they create a ‘bubble’ together. Everyday I look forward to new photo ops on my way to + from work. 🙂

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Drawings: Life Drawing at Naked Splendour

This week I went with a friend’s suggestion and attended Naked Splendour at the Rosemary Branch Theatre. It was both a life drawing class and performance by model Philip Herbert. The ‘audience’ had paper + pencils and drew Philip in 3-10 minutes poses while he recalled amusing, weird and wonderful stories about his experiences of being a life drawing model. He recited humourous self-written poetry, shed real tears remembering Pavarotti’s death, and struck great poses to draw from. I haven’t gone to a life drawing class in years, and I forgot (or never realized) how much I really enjoy it.

Here are my sketches done on paper with a 2B graphite pencil: