Friday Photo: Don’t Waste Time — Brussels Underground

 I can’t believe it is already March, when the end of last year seemed only yesterday perhaps.  Sitting here worrying about procrastinated tasks, forgotten resolutions, and those plans with simply a “someday” tag attached.  Do you feel that your time is always best spent these days?  How do you work to improve it?  This photo was from a trip through Brussels as I was trying to get some photos in the subway system.  Honestly the photo I think worked out better than I had originally expected.  I didn’t anticipate that a quick metro picture would end up as one of my favorite photos from the city.

Don't Waste Time -- Brussels Underground -- Brussels, Belgium
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Comments

  1. Andrew Graeme Gould says

    What a great shot, Anwar! It’s one that I would have liked to have seen and taken if I had been there. You saw it, and reacted in time. That’s what makes it so positively brilliant!
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    • AY says

      Thanks again Andrew! I was definitely very lucky with the photo, but yea often its just a matter of being there at the right place and right time.

    • AY says

      Thanks Cherina! Yes, sometimes I try really hard with a photo and it comes out terribly, and sometimes things come together better than I hope.

    • AY says

      Yeah I love trying to capture sometime that tries to tell a story or gives something about how I’m feeling. I’m often not successful though, but its always worth trying.

    • AY says

      Haha yes! I love the mustache there. It would not be the same without it there. If you see him in the subway say hi for me ;-). Have a great time in Brussels. Have you been before?

    • AY says

      Ahh I hope you get your chance to go back. Thanks for the compliment on the photo. I’m really happy overall how it worked out. I don’t think I could repeat that again though!

    • AY says

      Thanks Ayngelina. That was my hope with the photo originally to get the motion of the subway train with a person standing there waiting. I got lucky too with the subject in the photo in that I think he works pretty well in the photo. Also just read your post on maui, have a great month there!

  2. says

    Have to agree with everyone else, that is a great photo – both technically and emotionally. It would be a good shot even without the “don’t waste time” sign visible through the windows, but that adds this wonderful extra element. Did you consciously see that seen and think “I want a shot that captures the stillness of someone waiting, the speed of the train, and a message about time” and then wait to get it or was it unconscious? Either way, it is a great shot!
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    • AY says

      That is a great question. Well I did go into the subway with a plan to take a photo of someone in front of the train with the motion of the subway car. However while I was there planning the shot, I noticed the sign too and tried to see if i could incorporate it into the photo. It turned out to be much better than I had expected it to be actually.

    • AY says

      Thanks Jackie for the comment. Yes it is tragic when you look at US subway systems and then compare it to our friends overseas. The one here in DC is quite good by US standards but still does lag behind international counterparts.

    • AY says

      Haha, it doesn’t need to be profound. I spent a while trying to think up something clever, my first iteration talked about his awesome mustache, although that seemed less clever overall. Thanks for the comment and the compliment!

    • AY says

      Thanks! I would like to say it was all planned, but of course a lot had to do with being in the right place at the right time with the right equipment.

    • AY says

      Yeah some photos I thought would be great were less so, and others ended up being far better than expected. Probably a good reason not to delete anything until you get home at least.

    • AY says

      It is definitely not too late. Although I’m sorry to be ignorant, but what is a vision board? Thanks again for the compliment on the photo. Yeah originally i was just experimenting with taking photos in the subway there, and I was happy about the results.

  3. says

    Great shot – I can see why it’s one of your favourites! I’m a world-class procrastinator so I think it would really stress me out if I had to look at a sign on the subway every morning telling me not to waste my time. :)
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    • AY says

      Haha, well its an advertisement I think about saving time getting to the airport. So perhaps, not too worrisome ;). But it works a lot better in the photograph the way it is. I’m a horrible procrastinator as well!

    • AY says

      Thanks! I think I spent way too much time attempting to think of something to write with the photo perhaps :). Hope your travels are going very well.

    • AY says

      That sounds like a good idea. Give yourself a time for each of the tasks. I’m really bad about that. I do well when I have deadlines, but I’m bad about setting deadlines for things that are important to me perhaps but maybe not others.

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