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Amateur photographer Bob Vonderau loves capturing images of Chicago’s everyday people and places, so when he snagged a vacant seat against the back window of a northbound Red Line train, he pulled out his camera.

WHEN
11:18am
10.19.13

WHERE
Clark and Division Red Line station

As the train rushed out of the station, I was standing, pressing my camera against the back window, trying to capture the speed and transition of light from the bright station to the dark tunnels of the subway,” he says. “I find that standing in the back of the train as it rushes through the ‘L’ tracks is always a unique way to see Chicago.” That being said, he admits that his first thought while capturing this unique perspective had little to do with the image and was more along the lines of how to keep from falling over.