Photo Contest: Empty Trains (Lucas Holter)

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Title: Empty Trains

Photographer: Lucas Holter (DC ’21)


A vacant Montréal Métro train blurs by an empty Sherbrooke Station platform

Short Description:

On my last visit to family in Montréal, I wanted to capture the understated vividness of the brutalist but colourful métro stations in the city. I shot a series of photos with some advice from a local photographer and found the most striking shots to be those absent of people. Using public transport in the past year has been accompanied by the viscerally foreign experience of navigating empty platforms and trains, which makes the exercise of having captured these urban spaces during busier days all the more distant. It seems appropriate to see the busyness of the stations erased in these shots in anticipation of their more recent abandonment.