Daily Train 004—The Mad Rush

It’s a nice orderly line… Until the train arrives, then it’s every man for himself.

It’s an artsy world

Recently there have been a number of interesting articles on the web talking about how in the future we will take photos of everything all the time and how we will stop looking at these photos and let computer algorithms not only organize them for us but also surface the best of the best for us to actually look at. We can see this happening already. Teens take hundreds of photos a day or everyday life with Snapchat, and Google Photos not only organizes, but alerts us and shows us what it thinks are the best we take.

I don’t think it much matters if this is good or bad—it is what is happening and what will happen, so the only thing for us to do is try to figure out how we want to handle this new reality. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather embrace the new than complain about it.

I think this is why I have been moving in a more artsy direction with most of my photography in the past few years. In a world where everyone is taking photos all the time, I feel the urge to alter my photos more so that they no longer reflect reality perfectly. Like today’s photo.

Daily Photo: Daily Train 004 – The Mad Rush

The image of Japan is that everyone politely lines up and waits patiently for their turn to enter the train. The reality is a bit different. People do often line up, if by a line you mean people standing vaguely near each other. And when the train does come, the group of people hovers near the door, often blocking the people in the train from getting off prompting them to push their way out, and fights their way in, running to grab any open seat in view.

Older Japanese assure me that it didn’t used to be this way and that train manners have broken down in the past decade. Then they too fight their way in, making me wonder about their claim.

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