Commuter Train Tokyo

A small group of people travel by train from Narita Airport to Tokyo City, in Japan. They sit in a contained public space and appear isolated from one another. This is an image about both physical and psychological space.

Reading the Photograph - Guiding Questions

What does the photograph tell you about how these people are experiencing 'public place', the wide array of surrounding visual stimuli, and their own 'personal space', in the train?

How do you respond to these people, and the carriage itself? How do you relate to the individual on the extreme left of the frame? What role does he take on in the photograph?

What affect do the repeated vertical and near-vertical lines have in defining physical space in the composition? and the psychological space? The scene appears static — the camera has made it so. What sensations of this scene was the camera unable to capture?

View Peter Black's photographs of people in public places