Fuchu Honmachi Station, which must be very crowded on days when the Tokyo Racecourse in Fuchu holds races, was quiet on this day when there were no races. Walking through the empty station, it seemed unnecessarily large.
The platform of the Nambu Line at this station was like a half-underground. From the middle of the platform, it was inside a concrete tunnel. When I stood on the platform inside the tunnel, there was nothing but a concrete wall right across from me.
At first I couldn't figure out what was making me feel so uncomfortable, but then I realized that most of the large walls at stations are occupied by advertisements, but here at Fuchu Honmachi Station, across from the Nambu Line platform, there was no digital signage, no posters, nothing at all. It's completely blank.
I'm sure the walls of every station used to be blank like this, but nowadays it's rare to find a wall without any advertisements on it. I also realized that people who are used to seeing walls occupied by advertisements will feel uncomfortable with empty walls. I wonder if this feeling is like a spatial version of silence phobia.
|Nov 2021 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|FUCHU GIRL PLATFORM STATION|
November 23, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF