Piccadilly Line, London, 1995. From the series “Underground.”
Jared: Condensed space. So full of opportunity to make arresting images, and so much can go wrong. It can get messy. Sometimes the stars align, and you get that nice rose-colored red triangle of lips, sign, purse. Interaction with the main subject. A nice, slightly askew line of hands zipping down the center of the image. Just enough of the preacher’s argyle sweater showing to mirror the lines of the tube’s route on the left. Just enough here to keep the eyes flittering through.
David makes taming condensed space look easy, adding a great deal to the tradition of photographing one of the most typical urban settings. These aren’t Walker Evans’ concealed-camera portraits, or fellow In-Public photographer Christophe Agou’s play on the same theme years later, but a decidedly more confrontational, full color take from over the pond.
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