multimedia commuter hell

Old photos and new media! Apologies to people who have seen some of these photos on my blog before. This is a set of photos I shot a while ago. The originals are in my archive.

I’ve converted them to B&W, plugged them into Soundslides, and added a soundtrack surreptitiously recorded on the Keihin-Tohoku commuter line.

This is my first attempt at an audio-slideshow, so any feedback much appreciated.

A link to a set of Tokyo commuter photos on my archive.

6 Responses to “multimedia commuter hell”

  1. […] The Daily Crush My son is learning Japanese train culture the hard way – riding the rails in rush hour. Tony Mcnicol has some excellent photos about the daily crush. Check out his multimedia slide show. […]

  2. Daniel Fath says:

    Looks nice. Like the voice-over. Now all you need is the guy who apologizes for train delays.

  3. Salvador Vazquez says:

    Just wondering, how do you take pictures of people and publish them? Don’t you need some form of written consent? I’m just getting into photography and I live in Toyama-ken. I always want to take pictures of local farmers doing their thing, but I feel awkward, especially since I don’t speak Japanese so well and I could not explain myself if they started to ask me why I was taking their picture. Could you offer me some advice? Thanks!

  4. tony says:

    Hi Salvador,

    Legally you certainly don’t need consent to take the photos, nor to use them if its editorial. Bit of a tricky situation. Explaining might be easier than you think. Just say “shumi desu” (it’s my hobby). I tend to take photos first then explain (occasionally apologize!) later.

  5. Salvador Vazquez says:

    I see. Thanks a lot! :-)

  6. Brent says:

    Great shots. I especially like the ones taken from above. Having ridden in rush hour trains in Tokyo for several years, I can readily identify with most of the scenes, but the ones taken from above offer a fresh perspective, a sort of omnipotent angle I never really considered while riding the train.
    I would love to see a picture of the photographer taking the shot.

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