the irony and the ecstasy

by urquiza!

all together in the middle of everything thinking of nothing

from the series, “the love train” and assorted street sessions. the bulk are from new years eve 2013, but some from as early as 12.14.12 through early 2014. this series is constantly growing and changing from every moment on the street with a camera. this is the third edit for some of these, while others get added or dropped.

street photography is beat poetry written while swimming in the current. it is a flip chart of time and a record of a city or space for a decade or an era, that is if it survives the day after… this series of street photographs explores the la metro. style, culture and aesthetics constantly change, but people do not. we are afraid, we are voyeurs and exhibitionists, we are together on the train or bus and we do human things. we come and go worrying about things and forgetting more than we worry about. the human race is to the finish line of death. with that eventuality comes all the fears and joys of being human. this series of images on the metro explore how we use this constructed space or our city hive to fulfill our own needs of comfort and dreams.

in the beginning my early street images were distant from what i was searching for. on the road to making these images i found the guilt and pity of street photography. we peer into the intimacy of other’s lives seeking the beauty of being. that i am human and sometimes lapse in the pursuit is my fault. i forget they are gifts given to me by the subjects and not something to be taken. this time we spend running and in transit between moments of connection and contemplation trying to get to the next one, and the next one. the rich strut through the subway, the lovers embrace, the homeless find refuge while the poor are trying to get home. the train, the car, the bus is our solace as it is our window to the world.

  • goldline at southwest museum station 12.14.12
  • redline station, 01.24.14
  • goldline at southwest museum station 01.01.14
  • wilshire vermont station 01.23.14
  • hollywood and vine station, 12.31.13
  • goldline at southwest museum station 01.01.14
  • redline 01.01.14
  • hollywood and vine station, 12.31.13
  • station unknown, 12.31.13
  • station unknown, 01.24.14
  • wilshire and normandie, 01.24.14
  • wilshire vermont station 01.23.14
  • union station, 12.31.13
  • union station, 01.24.14
  • goldline at southwest museum station 12.31.13
  • redline 12.31.13
  • redline 12.31.13
  • redline 12.31.13
  • redline 12.31.13
  • wilshire vermont station 12.31.13
  • redline 12.31.13
  • redline 12.31.13
  • station unknown, 01.01.14
  • union station, 01.01.14
  • seventh street metro center, 01.23.14
  • goldline at union station, 01.24.14
  • seventh street metro center, 01.23.14
  • train unknown, 01.23.14
  • union station, 01.23.14
  • union station, 01.23.14
  • union station, 01.23.14
  • union station, 01.23.14
  • westlake macarthur park station, 01.24.14
  • goldline at union station, 01.24.14
  • redline, 01.24.14
  • pershing square, 01.24.14
  • redline, 01.24.14
  • wilshire vermont station, 01.24.14
  • wilshire normandie station, 01.24.14
  • union station, 12.31.13

 

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