Train Project - Taiwan

Train Project" is originated from the motivation of my habit and experience of train-traveling : feeling uncomfortable standing or sitting beside strangers, thinking about works or future, playing games or listening to music, or just relax for not care many about the environment. I also feel the status of people in public transportation is quite intriguing, especially when people must stop their daily activities for a specific of time just for waiting, trying to adjust themselves fit into the “system”, which defined temporarily by the cabin and whom around. So I started to thinking : what if I can take picture of people in the train while not interfering the status of this public space? From this point, I start my train-project photography, from outside the train. To me, Train-project captures the expressions of individuals in the crowds who were shot under the condition of relaxation and defenselessness, and also discusses of how the space regulates & restricts the behavior as a social effect. The shooting was performed by using high-speed flashlight directly lightening the carriages of fast moving trains and capture the expressions of passengers through windows impartially without interfering passengers. This type of direct-flash  causes a dramatic stage-like performance even without the awareness of subjects. It’s also like sculptural art engraved by the flash of lightening and ever fleeing of time. This project studies the actions & moments of passengers in the different confined space and various interiors and exteriors of train, such as the single window and successive windows, the arrange of sits.. etc.. It’s more interesting while considering the ticket price and the social hierarchy suggestion which cause the moments of each picture differs in its way. In addition to the social meaning, Train-project also discuss the psychological status of it : waiting, thinking, killing time, or just trying to take a snap as enter into the subconscious status. Sometimes the direct-look of passengers through the window to views make this work a feeling of super-reality. It seemed the viewers could enter the hallucination of the passengers through the thin layer of carriage surface and speed with the train, into the darkness of the unknown.


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2015, Nikon Salon Shijuku, Japan