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Rush hour, Columbus Circle, New York City, New York, 2013

I stood at the head of the steps leading up from the New York City Subway, photographing the crowds of rush hour commuters as they flowed swiftly past me. I built this particular image around the woman carrying the brilliantly colored dark red and yellow tote bag. She wears a trench coat, which further differentiates her from the swarm of people that surges towards us. Using a 24mm wideangle focal length, I pressed the shutter just as the man in front of her left my frame. Clutching a cup of coffee, she follows in his wake. Her impassive expression projects a sense of determination and perhaps a hint of concern. Commuters retrace these steps five days a week. She seems to know each one by heart.

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Phil Douglis29-Oct-2013 22:20
Thanks, Carol -- the coffee cup and the brief case have become commuting symbols. And yes, bursts of activity such as this one mark the arrival of every subway train in the morning at major stops such as Columbus Circle. The huge Time-Warner Center stands just across the street from this subway entrance.
Carol E Sandgren28-Oct-2013 21:53
I like how you've captured the explosion of people on their way up to the surface on their way to work...or home FROM work. Carrying the coffee cup is a sure habit and trait of a commuter in action.
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