Cool Ballet Class Music images

A few nice ballet class music images I found:
I’m practicing my ballet steps. Wait ’til you see me in my Swan Lake costume…
A typical scene, viewed across two local tracks, and two express-train tracks. These two women could be standing here all day long, and they would not speak to each other, or acknowledge each other… This photo was published in an undated (Jan 13, 2011) Everyblock NYC zipcodes blog titled 10024.
This is a continuation of a series of subway photos that I began in the spring of 2009, and which you can find in 2010, with photos from IRT subway stations at 96th Street, 42nd Street (Times Square), and Christopher Street/Sheridan Square (in Greenwich Village).
Over the years, I’ve seen various photos of the NYC subway “scene,” usually in a relatively grim, dark, black-and-white format. But during a spring 2009 class on street photography at the NYC International Center of Photography (ICP), I saw lots and lots of terrific subway shots taken by my fellow classmates … so I was inspired to start taking some myself.

One of the reasons I rarely, if ever, took subway photos before 2009 is that virtually every such photo I ever saw was in black-and-white. I know that some people are fanatics about B/W photography as a medium; and I respect their choice. And I took quite a lot of B/W photographs of my own in the late 60s and early 70s, especially when I had my own little makeshift darkroom for printing my own photos.

But for most of the past 40 years, I’ve focused mostly on color photography. As for photos of subways, I don’t feel any need to make the scene look darker and grimier than it already is, by restricting it to B/W. Indeed, one of the things I find quite intriguing is that there is a lot of color in this environment, and it’s not too hard to give some warmth and liveliness to the scene…

To avoid disruption, and to avoid drawing attention to myself, I’m not using flash shots; but because of the relatively low level of lighting, I’m generally using an ISO setting of 3200 or 6400, depending on which camera I’m using. As a result, some of the shots are a little grainy – but it’s a compromise that I’m willing to make.

I occasionally use a small, compact “pocket” camera like the Canon G-12, but most of my photos have been taken with my somewhat large, bulky Nikon D300 and D700 DSLRs. If I’m photographing people on the other side of the tracks in a subway station, there’s no problem holding up the camera, composing the shot, and taking it in full view of everyone. But if I’m taking photos inside a subway car, I normally set the camera lens to a wide angle (18mm or 24mm) setting, point it in the general direction of the subject(s), and shoot without framing or composing.

What I find most interesting about the scenes photographed here is how isolated most people seem to be. Of course, there are sometimes couples, or families, or groups of school-children; but by far the most common scene is an individual standing alone, waiting for a train to arrive. He or she may be reading a book, or listening to music, or (occasionally) talking to someone on a cellphone; but often they just stare into space, lost in their own thoughts. Some look happy, some look sad; but the most common expression is a blank face and a vacant stare. It’s almost as if people go into a state of suspended animation when they descend underground into the subway — and they don’t resume their normal expression, behavior, and mannerisms until they emerge back above-ground at the end of their ride.

Anyway, this is what it looks like down underground … or at least, this is what it’s like in the stations I’ve visited and photographed so far. If I feel energetic enough in 2011, maybe I’ll try to photograph people in every subway station. It would be interesting to see what kind of variety can be seen… years and years ago, when Tuca was playing ballet at Orlando Ballet School not the band i played in called Harvest Moon, but a real live actual literal first-full-moon in September aka a harvest moon. well maybe its not precisely a full moon (my moon clock says its 99.2% full tonight Rachel called me en route to her ballet class and said “you should run outside and check out the moonrise, its red!” so out i ran with a tripod, and sure enough the moon was intensely red. our neighbor asked me if i was taking pictures of the harvest moon (as if i would know). so thanks to Wikipedia and our neighbor, now i actually know what a harvest moon is.

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