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TrIP shows humans of Orlando at Gallery at Avalon Island

The public transit-inspired project opens its portrait show Thursday

Photo: Cooper Reep, License: N/A

Cooper Reep

TrIP documents an important part of our shared social space: public transportation. It is a space that can’t really be owned by anyone, and so ends up being owned by all of us, just a little bit. In a world increasingly privatized and capitalized and monetized, mass transit is about the only vestige of the old urban experience that is left. With no definite destination, TrIP is gathering speed, proving that the exotic and romantic need not be a continent away: It can sometimes be in the bus seat right beside you.

Taking Photos in a Public Place Is Not a Crime, text and photo by Greg Leibowitz

“I have connected with budding models, event planners, and people who want their story to be heard. … I was told by [LYNX] security, ‘We have watched you on several security cameras going around with your camera and clipboard.’ … I will leave my clipboard at home for now and keep going back until I get trespassed. The concentrated amount of people and incredible stories are worth it.”  

The World, The Novel, text and photo by Destiny Deming

“A simple conversation with a stranger on the bus could be a real-world experience that perfectly illustrates an inherent truth about our world. … It’s these interactions that allow us to add our own chapter in a book that, even if no one ever gets to read, we get to write. TrIP is about more than public transit to me. It’s about connections and the ability to explore.”

Riders’ Block: A Confession, text by Ryan Rivas, photo by Tina Craig

“A bus is blighted space with vast potential for improvement. In Orlando in particular, buses are associated with those unfortunate enough to have no other choice of transportation. A bus ride is something to be endured. This is far from the origin of the word, ‘omnibus,’ which implies a form of transportation for all.”

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