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Tube Tales

March 7, 2010

I took pictures of people while they weren’t looking on the tube home last night.

Specimen 1: Aussie girls going home after working restaurant shift:

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Specimen 2: Italian couple talking Italian. She had trout lips and very expensive leather gloves and they were fascinated with a passenger who had a doughnut in a clear carrier bag:

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Specimen 3: A very glam long-legged woman reading a catalogue trying not to laugh:

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Specimen 4: A man reading the koran. He was with mates who weren’t into what he was doing. He was also with his much younger brother who should have been in bed!

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There is a picture I didn’t take out of respect (but wanted to) on the way into town. A painfully thin and obviously dying man sitting next to an also painfully thin man off his face on very strong drugs. The contrast was startling. Both men dying but at very different rates and brought together in a totally random formation in a city of millions. Who would have thought that they would have ended up sitting next to each other – both I am sure on very separate personal journeys. On the one hand a terminally ill man having probably one of his last night’s out with his partner. He looked so thin and weak. His new thin shoulders swamped and awkward under his old, healthily-shouldered overcoat. I looked down and his shoes were very new and hardly worn. Brown and plain but filled with the most magnificently pink socks. A hint to a vibrance of the soul that still lurked as the remainder was being cruelly sucked away. I wanted to congratulate him on his choice of socks but he looked like he didn’t want anyone to see him. I wanted to ask if I could take a picture of his shoes and socks as I knew this said so much about him but didn’t out of respect. When he got up I could see why the shoes didn’t look worn. Each step was very light and the foot placed with the least pressure possible. I could see the effort for him to walk was extraordinary and as he left the carriage I wondered how much it must of been for him to dress himself that evening. I could see his live determination as if it were fizzing. I imagine he won’t be able to do that very soon. The man in the pink socks. I wish him well.

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18 Comments
  1. Piley permalink

    you’ll get caught out one of these days y’know! Great shots, and love the little polaroid type border you put round them… how you do that??!<br/><br/>Its amazing the tales that are out there isn’t it? I give you an A+ for people watching RM!<br/><br/>The Aussie looks well pissed off with her lot.<br/><br/>The photo you didn’t take (quite rightly too) was a very sad an moving description.<br/><br/>P

  2. Arabella permalink

    Your pictures are always good (and yes, take care out there!)but the best is the one you wrote.

  3. savannah permalink

    i with the others on this one, sugar. the best picture was the one you didn’t take. your words made me not only <i>see it</i>, but <i>feel it</i>. xoxoxo

  4. Momentary Madness permalink

    A great snapshot of life – ???the man in the pink socks??? ??? rockmother. What a trip; loved it- like savannah said the one you didn’t take. You’re an artist, that’s how it’s done or how you keep what you give away.

  5. Anonymous permalink

    chazza said. . .oh you are a ‘bad girl’. Lmfaao. .every time you do these photo people watch bloggs. I cant help thinking how many bloggs you may have graced by a candid camera too.<br/><br/>Its that poster some years ago on the tube. The one which was above the head of the person directly opposite.<br/><br/>Asked a whole bunch of questions to observe the person below. . . . .right at the end. (when you get a little giggle of what you thought of that poor love) The poster tells you to look above you. . .bastard or what ;-??<br/><br/>Totally agree with Savi. . Yes Said it all xxx

  6. Anonymous permalink

    chazza said. . Have you looked real closely at your photos? The first one. . .dont wisq to creep anyone out. I know there are reflections of other. Out side and in the train.<br/><br/>Concentrate on the girl on the right. . . Yes. Now over her right shoulder. . .look deep into her hairs reflection.<br/><br/>There is a pic of a grey (white) hair and grey (white) beard. . Reminds me of an old fisherman. . .<br/> <br/>i hope im wrong, but people who have taken photos on the tube. Pics up faces they couldnt explain. . .emm. . xxx

  7. Anonymous permalink

    chazza said. . Have you looked real closely at your photos? The first one. . .dont wish to creep anyone out. I know there are reflections of others. Out side and in the train.<br/><br/>Concentrate on the girl on the right. . . Yes. Now over her right shoulder. . .look deep into her hairs reflection.<br/><br/>There is a real small pic of a grey (white) hair and grey (white) beard. . Reminds me of an old fisherman. . .<br/> <br/>i hope im wrong, but people who have taken photos on the tube. Picks up faces they couldnt explain. . .emm. . xxx

  8. Alan permalink

    O my God, the reflection, it’s Jesus.

  9. rockmother permalink

    Pilester – Cheers. I’ve been caught and glared at before! So I kept snapping..before I hopped off train just as doors closed. Oldschool format is because they were taken on iphone using hipstamatic http://hipstamaticapp.com/<br/>I am addicted to it!<br/><br/>Arabellakins – oh thank you – you are v kind x<br/><br/>Savmarshmamama – am glad I brought it to life for you Mama despite it being a poignant post xx<br/><br/>Momodarling – goodness – I haven’t been called an artist before. Thank you. I think I am just a bit nosey and have an almost 100% visual way of relating to the world.<br/><br/>Chazza – I can’t help it. What reflection? I will have to look again. It’s the reflection of the guy reading the koran next to me on photo 4 I think.<br/><br/>Alan – Jesus – in a hoodie. Updated shroud? 😉

  10. Anonymous permalink

    chazzd. . .really lol. Creepy features, was hoping was a ghostly figure thats allowed to look creepy and explains it all. . .xx

  11. Anonymous permalink

    chazzd. . .really lol. Creepy features, was hoping was a ghostly figure thats allowed to look creepy and explains it all. . .xx

  12. The Dotterel permalink

    ‘The man in the pink socks. I wish him well…’ <br/><br/>Me too.

  13. Lovely post rockmum. Good to see you still snapping away.

  14. unstranger permalink

    You write exceptionally well. You presented a picture I believe no photograph could have duplicated. Well done you.

  15. AbrahamLove permalink

    Gosh! I want an iPhone and that app just to get those cool colours and funky frames. I encouraged a work colleague to get the app so I can see it in the flesh :-p

  16. mewmewmew permalink

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    hey. what great the tale about of couple of Italian , so sweet, I really like it, I had a Italian girlfriend and I know the behavior of them!

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