Photographer Transforms Bucharest’s Subway Stations Into a Surreal Purgatory

Romania-based photographer and photo-manipulator Alexandra Crisbășan documents the unsettling reality of Bucharest underground world in “Subway Surf“, this almost surreal new series photos of tube stations. The artist succeeds to point out emotions and thrilling states of mind, like solitude, anxiety and even euphoria, by giving new meanings to contrast, saturation and double-exposure.

(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan

“I’ve been to every subway station of Bucharest and I took pictures”, she says on her Facebook page. “Personally, I feel very attracted to any kind of underground environment and this ‘trip’ fed up my curiosity and thought me a little something about places and people”.

(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan

The horror is not the artist’s main purpose, though. It turns out, Alexandra is trying to reveal her subjects’ inner beauty by highlighting their fears, their emotions in a more intimate way. Some of the scenes don’t even emphasize the subjects, but the environment as a whole: a waiting room, a platform, and so on. The subway station itself becomes a world separated from reality, like a purgatory, where the souls wait quietly in line to take their final ride to Hell.

(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan
(c) Alexandra Crisbasan

Read also the interview with Alexandra Crisbășan on Cultartes Magazine.

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Romanian self-taught writer, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. He's been writing for almost a decade while doing shitty jobs for a living. He's agnostic, supports a censorship-free world, he reads way less than he wants and he enjoys feminist porn.

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