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A microcosm by Misha Lyuve
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Jun 6, 2012


I love NYC subway because it represents a microcosm of humanity – all you need to do is pay attention.

Where else can you feel one with the people as much as in a crowded subway car where you find yourself in a tight embrace with your fellow humans? Your proximity to flesh of those you don’t know might beat that of what you maintain with your best friends and maybe even your lovers.

This is the place where we give up our standards of private space, are pushed and stepped on, but remain more tolerant than in other life situations; like with the lady that fits only in two seats or a little guy who jumps on your back to squeeze right between you and the closing doors just as you thought that you were the only one who could fit there.

Don’t you ever wonder who these people are? Where are they rushing? What fuels them? Who loves them? How come, so different, they ended up in this tight space? Is that a coincidence or fate?

It is so easy not to care. It is so trivial not to notice them or pretend not to notice them. It is so predictable to stay on the train checked out and stuck with sporadic thoughts in one’s head. But if we pay attention… If we try to get through and see these people behind their fashionable sunglasses, loud headphones, busy makeup, eyes glued to their reading material – I am telling you people, this is it; this is us; this is the world; this is humanity. 

I feel that those who drive to work might be missing out; though I am sure they can find their own treasures on the way.

Commute offers spectacular opportunities for extraordinary living. What do you say?

Art out of nothing by Misha Lyuve

Feb 10, 2011

My previous post, actually forced me into an experiment of finding art and beauty in my every day life. And my every day for the most part consists of subway rides, business offices, meetings, conference calls and quick meals. And when I am in the subway, I’m for the most part either planning something, answering emails on my blackberry or arguing with somebody in my head – pretty prosaic. But this time around I discovered the New York city subway as a well of inspiration. 

On Monday I actually allowed myself to stop and listen to a drummer on the 42 st. station. And he was really good. And let me tell you, unlike Joshua Bell, this guy wasn’t very interested in public reaction or had any expectations of how others should appreciate his talent. In fact, he was playing drums in a confident no-bullshit way as if he was doing it in his own living room for his own pleasure.   

Then I got on the train; and though I was too shy to use my camera openly, I figured out how to casually make pictures of how people sit. And I noticed that every pose, every pair of shoes had its mood and its story — tired, flirtatious, confident, studious… And seeing these moods and stories made me present to beauty. And what got captured is art out of nothing

Are you up for this kind of an experiment in your life? Share your art out of nothing.