The few elements of this photo that shine out from the darkness tell us everything we need to know: a man, a train station, a grim expression, head bowed. We’ve all been there, isolated as we trudge from the Metro to the office or back again.
Photography is a game of precision timing and people and light. The people who wander the city’s streets with cameras in hand thrive on the rare moments when all three come together at the exact same instant the shutter clicks. You can get high on the feeling of success in those moments; in them you fall in love with your city, your commute, your camera, everything, all over again. Sure, absolute success is a little about luck, but it’s also about having an eye for the small moments that add up to great pictures. It’s about seeing great light and a great scene and lying in wait for the right subject to come along. Flickr user PNZR242 relied on skill and a little bit of luck to catch such a moment at a Metro station last week.
The man and the moment may seem stern, but in timing them just so perfectly, the photographer managed to raise the bar a little bit for everyone who lifts a camera to their eye and hopes to capture some magic.