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Bifido: “Meanwhile” …on a London Train Platform

Posted on March 29, 2016

Hurry up and wait.

Much of modern life is like this. In cities especially where bottlenecks in tunnels, on bridges, on highways and streets can slowly… drive… you… crazy. We have long lines for dance clubs and drivers licenses, sample sales and Shake Shack, airport security and air-headed pop stars. And of course we wait for buses and trains. Time itself appears as a liquid commodity; pooling up and quickly slurping down a drain.

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Bifido. Work in progress. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

Italian photographic collage Street Artist Bifido is giving people who wait for the train on the Forest Gate platform in London something to contemplate that might make the wait entertaining, if not transcendent. Shooting his own photos of people and props in studio for perfect clarity, Bifido plays with proportion and relationships to create an Alice in Wonderland effect with otherwise normal looking images. Here’s a woman nearly falling into a huge cup of tea. There is a tree man is surrounded by swirling leaves that appear as butterflies in someone else’s stomach. A mammoth sized snail speaks to a small woman with an umbrella.

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Bifido. Work in progress. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

Bookended by clocks, this is the space you have between rushing.

Meanwhile, he calls it, and he is doing it as part of a vast urban regeneration program curated by Preznt Project on a MTR Crossrail commission.

Standing on the platform you can free your imagination for a moment and have some creative time, before the next train slides quickly into view.

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Bifido. Work in progress. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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Bifido. Work in progress. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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Bifido. Detail. London. March 2016. (photo ©  Bifido)

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Bifido. Detail. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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Bifido. Detail. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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Bifido. Detail. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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Bifido. Detail. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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Bifido. Detail. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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Bifido. The Team. London. March 2016. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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Bifido. Detail. London. March 2016. CLICK on image to enlarge. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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Bifido. Detail. London. March 2016. CLICK on image to enlarge. (photo © courtesy of Bifido)

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