This Guy Made Art From NYC Subway Bacteria

This Guy Made Art From NYC Subway Bacteria image

This Guy Made Art From NYC Subway Bacteria

We all know that New York's subway system is anything but clean. But have you ever wondered just how much bacteria is lurking on the benches, hand rails, and floors? In summer of 2015 Craig Ward set out on a mission to shed a little light on the colorful bacteria population of NYC.

Think of his series as "Humans of New York" for the microorganisms of the city.

Ward explains more about his process: "Over the summer of 2015, I rode the trains of each of New York City's twenty-two subway lines, collecting bacterial samples from hand rails, seats and other high traffic surfaces in an attempt to create an unconventional series of portraits of the city’s complex eco-system and a snapshot of the city at large."

"The samples were taken using sterilized sponges that had been pre-cut into the letter or number of the subway line from which the sample was to be taken - A, C, 1, 6 etc. The swabs were then pressed into pre-poured agar plates – their circular shape echoing the graphic language of the subway – incubated for up to a week in a Brooklyn workshop, and photographed at various stages of development before being safely neutralized and disposed of."

"The resulting images are a portrait of the complex microcosm that each of us contribute to and are a part of, and serve as an excellent visual analogy for diversity of the city at large. They hopefully also serve as a reminder that in a place that can make you feel extremely small, there are countless billions of smaller inhabitants."

Via Creative Boom

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