Memento metro

For almost 5 years now on my way to work and back I've been consciously photoshooting everyday life inside the Moscow Metro on a camera phone.
It took a while and quite a lot of courage to fulfill my dream of setting up an art exhibition of my works.
Simple yet genius idea of leaving the printed photos right where they were shot in the Moscow Metro was the unsanctioned art project held for about a month.
The metro trains and pavilions turned into the momentary exhibition site. The best shots, square sized and black framed, were printed in black and white with no byline or watermarks used. I filmed it with a Go Pro camera and a camera phone.
The name of the project "Memento Metro" is the allusion to the famous Latin motto "Memento Mori", literally meaning "remember it's metro". Remember the story set in here, it will never be repeated. Travelling by metro is a daily routine and everyday action, which is cyclic in nature. Metro passengers demonstrate habitual behaviour: one is taking a snooze on his way to work, the other one with headphones on is leaning against a door wagon and the typical one is always on his phone.
My goal was to bring out the best of people, the most sincere and genuine of them, as an example of unconditioned responses contrasted with the conditioned ones. Those who go down to subway seem more vulnerable and tense. That enchants me, that is a challenge for me to capture the moment.
It's a timeless exhibition for me and metro is just nothing but an exhibition pavilion. I'll keep on photoshooting the life in undeground, post on Instagram by @tirrey and set the shots right where they'd been taken.
I think this art should live where it's born. It should be public art, pure art and the art enriched with the unique roaring sound of train wagons smoothly riding the rails and passing by platform stations.

  • Alexey Domrachev
  • Alexey Domrachev
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Alexey Domrachev