Friday, August 15, 2014

Exploring the New York City Subway System – Introduction

Over the next eight months, I am embarking on a journey every senior at the high school I attend goes on. This journey is our Senior Project, a final project we conduct independently before we graduate high school . For my Senior Project I chose to create a multimedia story about the New York City
Subway System. I want to tell a story through the three methods of storytelling in which I am focused; photography, filmmaking, and writing. Also, I want to explore something I have always been fascinated with but never explored in much depth.

Bleecker Street subway platform

I have already spent roughly a month beginning my research and planning, but yesterday marked the official beginning of the project with my meeting at the offices of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in Manhattan. The reason for the meeting was to start familiarizing myself with the MTA, explore some of the history and other aspects of the Subway System that may be of interest in this project, and to get a sense of what the possibilities are (while staying within the law) of filming and photographing in Subway Stations and other locations connected with the subway.

An empty subway car from my explorations yesterday running around the subways

Not only will I be exploring the subway throughout the next eight months, but I will also be keeping a record of my progress through my blog. This is the first of a number of posts where I will share the adventures I have, the facts I learn, and yes the failures too, (although I hope there won’t be too many)!

A late 1800s subway car on display at the New York Transit Muesum

I love feedback!
While reading any of these posts, if any tidbit occurs to you that you think may be helpful to me in relation to this project, please leave a comment below, or shoot me an email on my contact page, I appreciate the input!

More to come!

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