Photography & Subway work

I have been working as a subway driver at the Stockholm subway for 24 years now - and had almost always a camera with me. Today, I can't truly find much inspiration there any longer. Nevertheless, I do enjoy powerful sunrises, cloud formations and mysterious light, fog and such things. Just with the difference that I don't really need to take images in order to enjoy (Additionally; I would only be allowed to take photos at station, not while driving). So, the views are very limited and rather ugly when you are at any subway station... (read: 98% not really worth it)


Portraits of colleagues

But, I do still have a camera with me. Sometimes, when I have the urge, I make portraits of my colleagues. I would say, out of all situation, I find portraits still to be the most interesting. Portraits can last for ever - and they can engage.

Images of boring subway things... not so much. At least that is how I feel today, after 24 years of subway photography, plus 6 years from a local railway called Saltsjöbanan = 30 years.


Years ago

when the rules and laws weren't so over the top stringent at the Stockholm subway management, margins were left for creative photography. You could still capture interesting views, dramatic light conditions in the landscape or cityscape, or one of my favorites - "light paintings in tunnels".

Where the light sources inside a tunnel during a longtime exposure would merge into long streaks of light... well, like in a light painting. That was always fun to do - and I got tons of such images. Sometimes they turn out in unexpected, or mysterious, or crazy ways.

It's always been my favorite at work - because it created a balance for me in a kind of work which many times was monotone or stressful. The technocratic steering wheel of today's woke management diminishes any margins for individual, creative forces.

However, I work deep night shifts now - which means I am not always bound to drive trains, can move around in the train depots as well outside (not that it would be any sexier or more creative...) In fact, I have heard that it is "forbidden" to take images inside the train depots, as if it is about a company's secrets which could be misused, or something. Or too many technical details revealed in images. That kind of bull (or not), made me stop taking images, simply because I always disliked to take images in environment that is negative, distanced or hostile tiled.

After all - I have plenty of images from a time before the latest company took over. So, I got my photo shit together, so to speak - with many interesting, wonderful details of steel and iron. I call them mainly impressions, and don't consider them to be anything super interesting. It was from a time, when I worked inside the subway train depots. We worked very well, and we had endless fun. That said, this was before the latest Chinese company took over back in 2009.

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