‘Wall Street Stop’ is a photographic series by Reinier Gerritsen who, in 2009, decided to take photographs of subway passengers as they came into and left the Wall Street station in New York. He picked the location – one of the world’s largest financial centres – as it was just after the financial crash and Wall Street was in the maelstorm of it.
As Gerritsen says about it:
It was so depressing. It was the last days of Bush, and the crisis was rampant. It was a very hard time for all New Yorkers, which is very visible in the pictures. It was a heavy time.
By blending into the crowds Gerritsen was able to shoot unnoticed thus exposing some of the true sadness and anxiety seen on his subjects faces; the grind of modern life, many of them solitary, lost in a moment, gazing towards an uncertain horizon, in a daydream. You might say that these unposed ‘group portraits’ reflect the collective feelings of a world in shock, not understanding that things have reached the stage where the global financial system has collapsed.
The compositions took alot more work than you might think. What Gerritsen did was construct each image from multiple shots of the same people, stitching the images together to form one captive moment where everyone is in the same focus therefore stimulating the visual intrigue of each scene.
Via Faith Is Torment
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