All Aboard

While most shots of our beloved Metro system are uninteresting and seem to all look the same, this shot by relative Flickr new comer krisetya really captures the essence of DC’s mass transit system. The perfect symmetry of the tracks fading off into the great unknown, along with the giant concrete canopy really give you a sense of scale and show you just how massive the Gallery Place station is. I love how all of the people are lined up like the robots that they are. And thanks to Metro for installing the new red platform lights to add a little extra zip to the photo’s color.

Be sure to check out his other photos. We have a great new photographer on the DC scene.

5 Comments so far

  1. PSolus (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    “I love how all of the people are lined up like the robots that they are.”

    1. The people in the photo are not lined up; they are distributed randomly on the platform. Some of them are reading papers or books, and at least one the them appears to be walking along the platform.

    2. How exactlly do robots line up?

    3. How does a person using the Metro equate to that person being a robot?

    4. Did you have a bad experience with mass transit as a child?

  2. Max (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 4:49 pm


    Um, having a bad day by chance? The term “rat race” isn’t meant to be taken literally either.

    To summarize: great symmetry, great sense of scale, great Metro shot. Great robots.

  3. PSolus (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    Not having a bad day; just pointing out that the sentence is descriptively inaccurate and inappropriately editorial.

    Describing commuting as a “rat race” is not the same as saying that the commuters are “racing around like the rats that they are”.

  4. Tiffany (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    I agree with Psolus. “…like the robots that they are” implies a certain sense of cynicism toward the people in the photo, as though they are somehow less sentient or less in possession of free will than people who… don’t commute? don’t take public transportation? don’t have jobs?

    Intended or not, it’s definitely conveyed by the sentence and even before reading the comments I found it a little distracting from the main point, which I happen to agree with- Great frickin’ photo.

  5. Max (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    Everyone in this photo is a rock star! Yeah! Public transportation rocks! Woo hoo!

    In summary: great photo.

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