I actually did this one as a “giga” photo. Handheld, I was able to take five or six shots; and then “stitch” ’em together.
I didn’t know his work at all before seeing his mosaic murals at the 86th street Q line station. I’m lucky, because one entrance is on 2nd avenue and 83rd street, right across the street from me.
So I get to see these whenever I’m in the mood. I love subway art. Guessing I’m not the only one. It’s about the only public space where you can see interesting pieces, and not have a guard breathing down your neck if you get too close (no pun intended).
I feel the same way about photographing sports, for example. I’d much rather photograph a softball game where I can wander around wherever I want (not on the field tho!) and not worry about anything. Total access.
The last time I was at Citifield (Shea stadium redeux) I had a DSLR with a longish lens. Nothing like the million mm lenses the real sports photographers all use; but maybe it was a cheap 300mm zoom. So they ask me if I’m a professional photographer. I say no. They say I can’t photograph with that long lens (and I had great seats).
So I put the lens away and put a wide angle on. They said that was okay.
I asked them how they even saw me, and they said they got the word from a security booth that watches the crowds.
So, give me the subway to shoot art in. Anytime.