Ups/Downs.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Photographer Paul Batt is the eye behind these thoughtful - and thought-provoking - portraits of shoppers on escalators. As someone who's always found the experiencing of riding an escalator somewhat awkward - what do I do? where do I look? - I love the discomfort, and the mystery, and the curious sadness of the moments he's captured. Says Batt, "I tried to show longingness and the need for connection, as strangers randomly pass one another in opposing directions."


See more at Paul Batt's website, here. Thanks, BB-Blog.

12 comments:

joeycake said...

these are so cool and kinda sad, no?
happy monday:)

angela said...

People look a bit forlorn on an escalator..

girlseeksplace said...

Down escalators terrify me a tiny bit. I'm always afraid I'm going to miss the step and fall face first, thereby being eaten alive by the escalator. It's irrational and silly, I know, but I've been afraid since I was a kid. I'll go down, but I cling for dear life.

julie said...

now I look at escalator differently. what a strange yet convenient thing, that is.

Kathy said...

I feel the same way about escalator riding, which is why I often treat them like stairs. I find going up escalators especially awkward in DC as most of them are very steep, and I often find my face just inches from another person's butt...

Anonymous said...

these are awesome. i love the man scratching his head.

Shoko said...

Joey, happy Monday!

Brianna, I'm afraid of falling down escalators, too! Terrifying!

Kathy, haha :)

Angel said...

Ditto Kathy.

Nicole said...

I'm so that person who takes forever to get on the escalator (like a couple steps have to pass by before I find the right one). The ones in DC's metro scare the crap out of me. Even though I use to live there and use them everyday I was convinced I would fall off the super tall one near Georgetown.

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Erin said...

I spent the day at the aquarium with a friend's baby two weekends ago, and all the little guy wanted to do was ride the escalator. Hippos? Meh. Sharks? Yawn. Escalator?? Again again again! xo

Shoko said...

Nicole, I am, too!

Henna | HENNA BLOSSOM BLOG said...

Oh wow, I love these. I bet you could catch some interesting moments on the subway as well. Those in-between moments. thanks for sharing!

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