University of Sussex: BA Media Practice
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Underground Window

Underground Window

Mengfan Zhang

The Underground, the distribution centre of the soul, can witness the joys and sorrows of the whole city. The Underground, as one of the main means of transportation in modern cities, can be said to be a microcosm of urban culture. It projects a great degree of tolerance and encompasses all kinds of human beings. Being a huge transporter of the public, it enables people to connect with people and society but also sets the scene for all kinds of loneliness that can result in many stories. Faced with strangers, people often hide the true state of their minds and put on a mask, especially when a camera is facing them.

This project mainly uses frame composition. Foreground framing can guide the viewer’s attention to the scenery within the frame and highlight the body therein. Enclosing the main body image to form a frame creates a mysterious atmosphere, just like a person peeping through a lace fabric. Frame composition helps to integrate the main image with the landscape, giving the photograph a greater visual impact. Viewed through the underground window, the people travelling on it convey different emotions.