October 13, 2019

What happens when strangers with separate yet common purpose share space?

Jonathon Cartwright, 28

Travelling by public transport brings millions of people together each year, all from smaller and hugely varying communities themselves, forming a melting pot of cultures and sub cultures, ages, genders, backgrounds and beliefs, all together in the transient spaces this community of travellers inhabits.

I witnessed surprisingly little interaction; this seemed ironic when we can communicate with someone on the other side of the planet on our phone, but struggle to do so with one another on either sides of a train or next to each other on a platform.

The lack of interaction, the spaces between our seats and our minds that creates a separation between us all – even those who sit in the same carriages day in day out on the same trains and busses to work – seem representative of a society already showing the cracks of division.

Mind the Gap., 2019Digital Photography