24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Train delays and tourists are usually responsible for slowing down a New Yorker's commute — but the Olympus OM-D E-M10 would never do something like that. It's lightweight and compact — and if there's anywhere you can appreciate mobility, it's on the subway. Olympus loaned photographer Victor G. Jeffreys (of Dodge & Burn) their latest camera and set him loose on the MTA with nowhere to eat, sleep, or pee for 24 hours. And beautiful things happened.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

When I got this assignment, I packed a bag with three grilled chicken breasts, two protein bars, a bottle of water, my telephone, an Olympus OM-D E-M10, and a charger. And I was off.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

I quickly realized the camera's features would let me tell any story I wanted. The Color Creator mode and the ability to modify saturation and contrast in-camera makes it easy to make images pop and feel lush, like the mosaic above (snapped at the 46th Street - Bliss Street stop, 10:15 AM). The following pictures were shot using the Color Creator feature.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Under the sea at 81 Street - Museum of Natural History, 9:31 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Union Square, 12:10 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

At the center of the earth at 81 Street - Museum of Natural History, 9:31 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Somewhere in Queens on the 7 train, 6:18 AM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Fish kiss at Jay Street/MetroTech, 11:17 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

All that glitters (this is most definitely not gold). Fulton Street, 10:49 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

With a 12 or 17mm M. Zuiko lens and the Dramatic Tone art filter, I could make the subway system seem gritty, rough, and a little scary — and I could do it in-camera. The following pictures were shot using that filter. This one was taken on the 7 train in Queens, 6:33 AM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

5 Pointz in Queens, 6:33 AM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Broadway/Lafayette, 4:10 AM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

They are always watching. Broadway/Lafayette, 4:12 AM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Lexington Ave/53rd Street, 6:54 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Finally, a place to pee at Jay Street/MetroTech.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Crossing Jamaica Bay on the A. [17mm, ISO200, F2.2.]

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

The ghost dance. Union Square, 4:40 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

A train over Jamaica Bay, 2:15 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

The Photo Story functionality is fun because you can easily combine multiple images into one, like the image I stitched together of a man napping, above (taken on the E train at 4:12 AM). Below are more examples of the Photo Story feature.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

I can barely see straight, and I still have another 19 hours on the subway. Jay Street/MetroTech, 11:14 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Dirty windows. E train — 50th Street.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Heading downtown from somewhere further uptown, 5:30 AM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Industrial revolution on the 7 train, 9:14 AM. [Photo story mode, 17mm 1.8, 230 IOS, F3.5.]

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Nursery rhymes at Bryant Park, 4:36 AM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

The middle of midtown.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

On Broadway.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Good luck at the American Museum of Natural History, 9:28 PM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Even when you strip the camera of its filters, vignetting options, and color corrections, it takes beautiful photos in its manual mode. The above picture was taken at West 43rd Street, 10:12 PM. [Manual Mode: 12mm 1.8 fixed focus MSC lens 2 second exposure at F13.]

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

Grand Central Terminal, 3:45 AM.

24 Hours on the New York City Subway: A Photo Diary

And of course, the camera is sexy. The body feels solid, the M. Zuiko series lens is sleek, and the full package makes you look like a million dollars. See?

Pack the Olympus OM-D E-M10 for your next urban adventure. Learn more here.

Victor G. Jeffreys II makes art. His works and films have been exhibited at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Christie's, Phillips de Pury, the Wassaic Project, Movie House, 3rd Ward, New Fest Film Festival, and in his first solo show, STIFF COTTON, in NYC.

All photography by Victor G. Jeffreys II.

This post is a sponsored collaboration between Olympus and Studio@Gawker.