Dina Alfasi is like most commuters. As soon as she finds a seat on the train or bus, she pulls out her iPhone. Alfasi may look like she is catching up with emails, streaming music or reading the news. Instead, Alfasi is making a discreet photograph of the person across from her.
Dina Alfasi’s photographic inspiration is all around and waiting for you to find those magic moments.
Dina’s recent work studies strangers on her daily commute. Her daily photographs capture something inherently familiar in each of the strangers, lost in thought on their way somewhere.
“I shoot mostly street scenes and portraits, trying to capture intimate moments. Every day I get to work by train and bus. For two hours every day I’m in a place with different people. At first, to pass the time, I was just observing them and trying to guess where they’re going, what they are dealing with, or what their story may be. Along with this observation, I noticed intimate moments and so I started to take photos, and I was surprised with the result.”
I first noticed Dina’s work when she was announced as a winner in the 2017 IPPA awards. Alfasi won the People category of the prestigious iPhone Photography Awards, the first and longest-running mobile photography competition.