“Since I lived in the depths of Brooklyn and rode the subway to where I worked in Manhattan, it seemed reasonable to make the subway my first project. I became so involved in the work that for a time I all but lived in the subway. One night, looking over the photographs, I had the realization that they were larger than I was, that photography was my vocation, and America my subject.”
I dream of New York sometimes. I dream of the old subway. I dream of the 1960s and how it’s like to live in that flick of time.
Enrico Natali has special eyes for people who take the NewYork subway. Looking at his takes has somehow made my dream come true for some minutes. I felt like I had the chance to take that subway with the characters captured. It’s not only a striking series which freezes time and beauty; it is a beautiful message showing how public transportation has evolved through time.
In these photos, you can see a glimpse of people and how unique they are even at the briefest moment. Those beautiful people napping, the smallest of spaces you share with a stranger. It’s this sublime meaning of being a human being- sharing random moments with people you barely know. Strangers are friends we haven’t met just yet.
Here, too many private vehicles crowd the street. The heights of individualism – I feel it has gotten so much that people can no longer experience the beautiful social experience of commuting.