Photographer Matty Karp is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images. From the series ‘Shanghai Subway Portraits’. To see Matty’s body of work, click on any photograph.
This series is about people, their diversity and humanity while at the same time evoking the increasingly isolated, virtual, and image-suffused existence in the 21st century.
I am interested in people. Each carries a unique story.
I wanted to take intimate, close-up street portraits without being intrusive.
I captured videos of people on Shanghai’s subway platforms while the train rode into the station at high speed. Then I selected individual frames from the video to create these portraits. This way the portraits were taken at intimate proximity to the subjects, who were not aware that they were being photographed because the train passed them at high speed, and therefore wore authentic expressions. The low light resulted in grainy photos. It creates a cinematic and enigmatic look, which entices the viewer to fill it with meaning.
All images and text © Matty Karp
By Matty Karp
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Well done. The images are as you described…enigmatic, cinematic, and a little grainy, etc. Love it. Nice to see someone’s work that feels authentic and not sugary.
These stills give you a sense of the commute. It looks like an ordeal. A mood well captured. Thanks for posting.