Photo Essay

Sleeping in the train : a challenge !

Sleeping in the train

Sleeping in a train can become a real challenge if you don't use sleeper one.

I use to travel a lot in France, mainly by train, and often see people falling asleep during the trip because of the repetitive movement of the train.

It's always interesting to observe how people deal with the seat space to find a comfortable position to rest a little bit.

I remember a comment of a JPG member who told me that the train I were using were not really "alive" cause I was always showing quiet or asleep people. But he was right, most of the time people try to sleep (even if they try to resist) maybe because I always take trains quite early to reach Paris for work every week-end...

I wish you a good night for your next train trip !

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11 responses

  • Jim Pope

    Jim Pope gave props (14 Aug 2009):

    interesting slice of life story. I like the lighting on "White Shirt" & "Hat"

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) said (15 Aug 2009):

    I've been an outlier for years and took the train each morning very early...I was able to sleep even for only 5-10 minutes between a stop and the next, knowing exactly when open my eyes to get off the train! Your shots perfectly show life of people working far away from their home...very good collection! Well done and well written!

  • Camille Chevallier

    Camille Chevallier said (18 Aug 2009):

    Tout un art de dormir dans le train... En plus qu'est ce qu'il y fait froid! Super "story" en tout cas!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Aug 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (19 Aug 2009):

    Wonderful glimpse into the life of others.....great photos!!!

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne   gave props (1 Sep 2009):

    I like the whole series, and especially presented together like this.

  • Olivier Scher

    Olivier Scher said (1 Sep 2009):

    Thanks for all your comments :-)

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Sep 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (1 Sep 2009):

    i like this a lot

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ยก gave props (23 Nov 2009):

    Great quality of light. Love all aspects of the compositions & these are really great portraits of sleepy people....great work once again...

  • Jamie Webb

    Jamie Webb (Deleted) gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    yet again a great observation on something that happens in life!!!!

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