There’s an undeniable magic, frustration, and freedom that is wrapped in the NYC subway system. It is one in which I have grown up to know. The connections and stops are etched into my skin and has created a map into my bones. But it is not simply knowing and loving the unpredictable system, it is what is unknown about those who ride it.
As someone who has always been drawn to stories, and has found herself entranced in ones she’s created or has experienced in the subway system, Andre Wagner’s book, Here For The Ride, is powerful and beautiful. With a single image, he tells these in-depth stories that live with strap hangers, women, men, and children alike that ride the machine day in and day out.
Here are a few more photographs from the book…
Maybe what I find even more telling than anything else, is the collective journey everyone is on his images. It is fascinating and beautiful, and makes me squint my eyes a bit and try a little harder to be present on my rides.