Ghost Subway Stations Part 3

It’s dark in those subway tunnels.  Very dark.  And what started as a whim, trying to catch glimpses of the abandoned stations, has broadened out into an interesting experiment (at least interesting to me).

Most abandoned stations can’t easily visited.  Which is to say there are about three or four (maybe) that you can make appointments to see.  Even that isn’t a guarantee.

The City Hall (abandoned station) which is probably the best known ghost station, means you need to join the MTA Club and even then you aren’t sure to get on the list to see the City Hall Station.  It’s like trying to get to a Springsteen concert.

But I’ve taken this one step further; or I’m trying to, and am starting to photograph the urban decay and the tags, esp. if I can find the famous tags from the earliest tag artists (thanks to Weber).

The idea is to actually photograph them through the windows of the subway with a fairly interesting flash setup.  No, I haven’t tried the infrared version of this idea yet.  But, okay, just wanted to jot this down.  On my way out with flash and believe it or not I very slow wide angle zoom and my Canon T4i.  The Sunpak flash is off camera, at least for now with a cable.  And it’s really a two person job.

This, is the essence of the hunt.  We’ll see what I come back with.  I haven’t been happy with much of anything I’ve gotten so far, except the Myrtle Avenue station – but that is meant to be photographed and well lit.  I shot it both with stills and vids.  It’s best seen as the train moves past it.

This is a good resource for reading about the history of NYC Ghost Stations.

More to come…

Published by dave

I've been photographing New York, mostly in black and white, for the last 35 years. In other words, I began in the age of Tri-x and D-76 and eventually moved into the world of pigment ink. Enjoy your stay - Dave

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