How to Turn Your Daily Commute to Work or School into an Urban Photographic Adventure


Your daily journey to work or school doesn’t have to be boring. Turn it into an urban safari photo trip. Here’s how I did it.

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If you use the public transport to go to work or school, this traveling time can be a good photo opportunity for you. But before you fire the first frame, I highly recommend that you plan your route. Even though you may have traveled this route countless times, you need to re-look at things as if this was your first trip.

Here’s what I did when I set out on this project. I identified the possible routes to work and then chose the two shortest bus routes to work because I cannot afford to be late for work. Then I took a ride on the two different bus routes and kept a mental note of the things that would make an interesting photo to show someone else who has not been to this part of the world.

So these are the 8 things I did and looked out for.

1.Look for the interesting…and the mundane.

This photo is over exposed but you can still see a guy sitting at the curb waiting for his bus.
It’s a clear road ahead.

2.Keep an eye out for others traveling and rushing to work.

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3. Don’t forget to look up.

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If you’re traveling on a double-decker bus, don’t forget to look down too!

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4.Look to your left…but don’t forget to look to your right either.

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5.Look for patterns.

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6.Look out for signs.

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7.Use both color and black & white films…but don’t forget to try different cameras too.

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8. Shoot yours or someone else’s ride to work.

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Depending on how fast your ride is traveling, this photo project will take at least three to five trips to complete.

If you do try this idea, do share with me your photos snapped during your commute. I’d love to see what you’ve seen on your way to work or school.

See the photos of my urban photo safari snapped with the:
Olympus XA here
Olympus Trip 35 here
A generic panoramic toy camera here

written by uncle_jay on 2012-05-24 in #world #locations #ilford-delta-professional-400 #lucky-shd-200 #olympus-trip-35 #eatery #restaurants #urban-adventures #color-film #expired #singapore #kodak-ultramax-400 #olympus-xa #black-and-white #train


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Very inspiring article, jay...

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Very inspiring article, jay...

  3. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Very inspiring article, jay...

  4. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @wuxiong: Thanks! Looking forward to seeing your commute to work too. :)

  5. chib3h
    chib3h ·

    Very inspiring article! :)

  6. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    i would do this if my city's transport system wasn't so dangerous!

  7. plasticfantasticnancy
    plasticfantasticnancy ·

    I was only thinking of doing something like this the other day - I'll definitely be documenting my journey to work and sharing it! I love the 'things to look out for' too.

  8. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @itsdebraane: oh dear, sounds like it's already an adventure just getting from point A to point B :(

  9. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    @plasticfantasticnancy: Thanks! I look forward to seeing your photos! :)

  10. manny
    manny ·

    Wow - you travel from Boon Lay to East Coast!!!

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