Mindhue Studio

Printmaking, conceptual and installation art

Short Kendall-MIT Station MBTA Icosacomposite

This morning I got up early so I could catch rush hour at the next station south on the Red Line. It was cold and windy so I drove to Davis Sq to catch the subway, only to find that you can’t feed the meters until 8, which means I would probably come back to a ticket on my car. With that start to the excursion, I made my way to Kendall-MIT, started recording a shot of the entry kiosks, but then decided the composition sucked. So I went in to the station, and set up on the floor.

I got a decent composition, but evidently rush hour doesn’t begin at Kendall-MIT at 7:15 in the morning. It was dead. There were trains coming through, some of them full to bursting, but hardly anyone got off, and very few people arrived to catch the subway. I started thinking that this composite video was going to suck, and I didn’t really want a parking ticket, so I packed up after shooting two 10-minute segments and went back to Davis.

Two 10-minute segments means I only get one full minute of composited video, which is what I rendered today. By the time I got home I was wondering whether the station with not many people in it would give me a different video than the more populated ones of other stations. Well, such is the case. The focus is much more on the subway cars, which is rather interesting. So it looks like I’ll need to wake up early on Monday (tomorrow morning is already booked) and re-shoot a full 50 minutes of footage (resulting in a full 2:30 minutes of video) at Kendall-MIT.

Here’s the short video from this morning: