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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

03.12.2014

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“I decided to start a project exploring the idiosyncrasies and behaviour of train commuters – in particular the strange behaviour they exhibit when commuting into London; like losing their temper with each other, fighting for seats. I soon noticed a strange sense of loneliness: despite being at the heart of a big city, and despite the huge number of people, no one talks; everyone shuts themselves up within their own little world.

So I started trying to capture the ‘anonymity’ of commuting – the fact that crowds are omnipresent, but the individual is anonymous. I was particularly struck by how a packed train can empty out at a certain station, leaving lone individuals in a carriage to continue on to another destination. Somehow it represented the anonymity of the whole situation, and gave me an idea for a picture. For several weeks I tried to get this particular shot, finally managing after several failed attempts in what was a very low light situation. I could have kept trying to improve the image, but my journey to work changed, so that particular situation no longer arose for me.

This is an ongoing project for which I am building up a body of work. This particular image is available as a limited edition print – details at: www.markheathcote.com

Mark Heathcote

Mark Heathcote won Best in Show at the 2014 London Photography Festival (theme – street photography). His images have been exhibited at Bridge Lounge London, Landmark Exhibition UK and Vestry House Richmond UK. His work has appeared in various magazines including Amateur Photographer and SO Magazine.

www.markheathcote.com
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