East Coast is super wet right now, it seems like it is raining everywhere and it is really raining, I mean, like pouring down. I happen to be in Times Square during this big wetness period, got literally soaked wet all the way through my underwear, my shorts were drenched in water, I ended up walking right straight through deep pools of water in my running shoes, all to try take some photos of somewhat deserted Times Square. My first attempt with 14-24 didn’t go too well as it got immediately wet and I had to go back to hotel and change it to 24-70 as it has much longer lens hood and can keep external water from getting on the glass, well at least for some time. I think I got couple shots that were decent, here is one of them.
There are probably blogs or websites dedicated to show photos from all the subways and metro systems from around the world. There should be at least a few dozens of them and each has its own unique look. Over the years I had a chance to use metro systems in the following cities – Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Beijing, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York City and Almaty. All of them are very different. Each has its unique features and style of operation and definitely different architectural details. Some are more industrial looking (like NYC Subway), some are almost can be considered like art galleries (most of the Moscow and Saint Petersburg station built during 40th and 50th are full of art, at least I hope they still are, I haven’t been back there in 20 years).
The newest out of all of them is one in Almaty Kazakhstan. It opened doors about 12 month ago and only has a few stations on one line at the moment. They started building it about 30 years ago while I was still in middle and high school, then with Soviet collapse they stopped that project for many years. I was glad to see it opening doors this year and I was able to get a ride in it this summer while visiting Almaty.
Out of all metro systems, to me, the NYC Subway was the most confusing. It took me a few rides to understand how it works. Different color lanes operate on the same trucks and not all stop at every station, so getting a grasp on what train to take was a bit confusing. Fortunately there were some nice folks who provided a quick advice and then it was all making sense, well, at least at that time. Next time I visit NYC, I’ll probably have to figure it out all over again.
What’s your favorite metro system?
From time to time I find photos that I like to call “Window Shopping”, views into someone’s shop with some interesting, extravagant, sometimes unique, sometime totally normal displays of merchandise.
This one was taken somewhere in NYC Chinatown. Can’t remember the street, not the shop, that is for sure. It looks very colorful, with so many little things, all different in their own way. One can probably study this photo and find something that they either like, maybe green kitty or see no evil, say no evil, hear no evil little monkeys, or something they are not very fond off. Regardless, if you ever been to a Chinatown shops, you know that you can spend there some time looking at different things, they are full of them.
Ads No Go
So I tried to enable WordAds last night and guess what, they completely messed up the site layout. Sounds like wordpress only wants to display it on vanilla out of the box sites without any customizations and without actually confirming with site owners where it would be ok to show them. I had to turn it off immediately. Unless they provide more flexibility on display options this blog will remain advertisement free.
Eye to Eye
I was walking along a path looking at all kind of interesting things around me, taking photos. This one cut my eye, hehe, get it? so I had to take a photo of it. The weird thing about eyes, with nothing else around it, if I stare at it and concentrate on different details, look at different angles, it kind of freaks me out. I get some type of visual illusions going on. Try and stare at it, you might see what I mean. Best works if you open it big. Just click on it.
So the mystery part, this one is probably tough one. First, where was this shown, and second, do you know who is the artist? By the way, it is the artists eye staring at you.
Here is the answer to the mystery. Thanks for stopping by guys. Have a great weekend.