Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Subway Yearbook

For our latest Improv Everywhere mission, we set up a photo studio in a random subway car and announced that we were taking subway yearbook photos!



The subway became pretty packed at one point,

but it was all full of smiles!

People on the train were more than happy to pose for our yearbook.

This woman was looking in our mirror to make sure her hair looked nice for the photo.

Even a newborn baby was in it!

It was exciting to put all the photos together to see how diverse the New York subway riders are.


It was so nice to see everyone on the train laughing and having fun rather than ignoring each other like usual. It was the kind of moment that made me walk away with those tingly little butterflies in my stomach.

55 comments:

Carolyn Han said...

Haha that's awesome! Improv Everywhere seems like so much fun...
I wish I was there! :)
What you guys planning on doing with the pictures?

colormekatie said...

It would be fun to make an actually hard copy yearbook! But we emailed everyone we shot on the train their portrait =)

Danya A. said...

Bahahaha that's so cool! I'd pay good money to be on that train!
Love what you do, Katie =] Thanks for always making me smile. You are one of a kind.

linnykins said...

I love this idea! That's what I love about taking public transport, people watching (sometimes, it's not great, though, interesting/questionable experiences).

Love your creative ideas <3

Kathryn said...

I love our city & I love that you did this. Brilliant.

3StinkyBoysAndMe said...

How cool is that? What a way to get people interacting with eachother AND you get a fun yearbook photo out of it too! How fun!

Amy said...

this is one of the coolest things i've ever seen! I got the tingly butterfly feeling just reading about it... can't imagine what it would've been like to actually be there!

how cool!

Danielle said...

these improv everywhere missions are so awesome! it's such a cool experience for the random people involved to walk away with, knowing (or not?) that they were part of something completely unique & special. (which makes me even more sad that i missed the mp3 experiment when it was in chicago last year!)

your blog is great. i think you should change your job title to "smile maker." it would look pretty cool on business cards.

Someone's Mom said...

Forget writing a book, you should have your own television show. Love this.

Sue

Valencia Lia said...

The final outcome turned out so great and beautiful ! The baby is so adorable :)

Such an wonderful idea and seem like so much fun. Wished I was there too !

Vanessa said...

New Yorkers are so great! They are always up for anything. We did a little film interviewing New Yorkers and really had no problems finding people who were willing to speak into our camera:

http://www.themovieness.com/2009/09/23/beatles-concert-coney-island-statements/

samantha ezra. said...

this is such an incredible idea!

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Anonymous said...

that is so sweet!! I wish could do something like that all the time it would be so fun

Kelly said...

What a fantastic idea!! I admit if I rode the subway every day, I'd probably be one of the people ignoring everyone else and wishing I was somewhere else. You made everyone's subway ride lots of fun and something to remember :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Rileigh said...

Oh my goodness, I could swear third down from the right is my neighbor. What a fun idea. I love seeing your amazing creativity.

LovelyAnomaly said...

How spectacularly fun! Love what you're doing! Reading this gave me those tingly little butterflies, too. =)

laura graves said...

oh my gosh! what an amazing idea! i love everything about this project. nice work.

liz stanley said...

katie, you are so awesome. i have a like a monster blog crush on you. you do the coolest stuff. keep on truckin'

Bakkanekko said...

That's so creative and fun! xD
Great idea!

Fiona said...

Aww thats like so much of fun!

Miss Wanderlust said...

this is the coolest. Seriously your blog rocks, and I loooove checking it out every day :)
xoxo
janel

Farmgirl Paints said...

Love it!! Such a great idea. Love looking at all the tough New Yorkers smiling and happy.

Astrid Sand Baardsen said...

You know what, I would love to go to NYC, just to meet you, and all the other crazy, and amazing people from IE.. The ideas, of both you and IE is absolutely fabulous!

Love your blog btw! I'm checking it everyday! It's been a part of my morning ritual now.. hehe

- Astrid, from Norway =)

boots said...

haha - super awesome.

Charlotte said...

OMG you make me so happy! Why isn't there someone like you in every town to make us boring-cog-in-the-wheel types wake up and live a little!

lady elle said...

I he♥rt this idea! I wish I could've seen the looks on people's faces when they got on the train, haha!
♥♥

DAWN DAVIS said...

What a great idea! So glad you shared it with all of us. The world is a better place because of people like you.... with cameras!

liz said...

simply awesome. I love it. it makes me miss ny. even the subway. ;-)

liz said...

you TOTALLY have to print a copy of that and post it on the subday train. odds are most of those people are on the same car each day and would get a big kick out of seeing the finished product! or you could even just post it on the wall outside of the subway platform so more chance of the same people posibly seeing it! brilliant. you could do an interesting experiment and pick the same subway car each week or month and see how the faces change (or don't change) over time.

kitty said...

what a FABULOUS idea!! i love it!! if only everyone could be this happy all the time... ;o)

Anonymous said...

What a fun idea! I love that so many people were willing participants! I'm sure you brightened their day too. :o)

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Rosa Marrero said...

cuánta gente bonita!!!

sunilo said...

So much fun!

jomama said...

every time i read about one of your improv everywhere missions i get so happy. thanks for using your creative energy in such a positive way, and for sharing it with us!

peewee said...

Oh mY god! I am fully crying! That was AWESOME.

J.Dimps said...

what an incredibly creative & inspiring idea! love it!

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Megan said...

Aw i saw the video on youtube first and i saw you in it towards the end! I was like "ah that's Color Me Katie!"

warholchic2 said...

thanks for making me smile every time i read one of your posts. =]

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Emilia said...

i so wish i could've participated? what train was it?

colormekatie said...

@Megan- so funny you noticed me!

@Emilia- We were on the 6 Train in the 9th car =)

Claire said...

This is so much fun! So happy you brought out the smiles =)

the southern hostess said...

Such an awesome idea! So fun.

Stacey Renee said...

Aw! That was awesome! Thanks for sharing! How fun. :)

The poster girl for trouble. said...

what a wonderful idea!

Daisy said...

You are guys are so great. I can just imagine how much this brightened everyone's day.

Katie said...

Very cool idea! :)

Linda Wood said...

I love the New York subway. It is one of the best things about NY.

:D
Linda.

Melissa~ said...

I wish I was there!
Is beautifull! How people have something to tell when they went to their homes. With this, you guys made their days more excited.

Thanks for do this!

Kisses!

Amy Nicole said...

I love this! I so wish I happened to be on that train at that time. so fun!

Sarah said...

You are ADORABLE! What a good idea!

Diana Elizabeth said...

so so fun! :)

i practically live on the 6, i'm so sad i missed this!!

Amy said...

What camera do you use katie?

gardenmama said...

beautiful, love this!
such beautiful people in New York!

a moment i treasure said...

this is absolutely the coolest idea ever! i would be tickled to be on that subway car.

i love every post you have...they always make me smile big. :D

Jeanette said...

That's such a cool idea!