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BY NATHAN TELFO R D


I AM FAS C I NATED BY TH E B ELFAST S U B WAYS , S O MANY GONE AND FEW REMAIN. I HAVE FOCUSED O N TH E O N ES WITH I N TH E CATH ED RAL Q UARTE R . I FI N D TH E D E TAC H M ENT FR O M TH E R EST O F TH E CITY INTRIGUING. I WANTED TO DOCUMENT THE MANY VARIETIES OF PEOPLE WHO USE THEM EVERY DAY AND WHOM P R O B A B LY D O N ’ T TA K E M U C H N O T I C E O F T H E M . _ NATHAN TELFO R D .


R O I S I N K E L LY FEMALE. 18. GOING TO COLLEGE. “I use it without thinking, especialy when it’s ra i n i n g s o my h a i r d o e s n’t g e t w re c ke d . I t’s h a n dy fo r g e tti n g a c ro s s th e ro a d with o u t h a v i n g to w a i t f o r t h e l i g h t s to c h a n g e .”


KLAUDIA & EVA. FEMALES. 24 & 26. COMING FROM COLLEGE. “We like them. They have a lot of character but are cold and quite intimating. We use the subway daily when going from college to t h e b u s s t a t i o n .”


ALEXANDER HAWKINS. MALE. 51 . GOING TO WORK. “Strange place. I would feel unconfortable using this subway in the evening, exspec i a l ly a t th e we e ke n d . I t’s n ot th e m o st s c e n i c p a r t o f B e l fa s t .”


MARTY McCONNELL. MALE. 31. RETURNING HOME. “I’ve used them for years. Good for getting a c ro s s th e ro a d w h e n it’s b u sy. Us e d to u s e them to grab a cheeky smoke while waiting o n t h e b u s w h e n I w a s y o u n g e r.”


LUCY HAWTHORNE. FEMALE. 20. GOING SHOPPING. “ I p a rk a t th e Q u e e n’s B ri d g e a n d wa l k i nto the centre of Belfast and I would use the subway regularly but I wouldn’t use it in the evening. I quite like some of the g raf f i t i , q u i te a r t i s t i c i n a w a y.”


DAVID GIBSON. MALE. 2 7. LUNCH BREAK FROM WORK. No Comment.


JASON THOMPSON. MALE. 19. GOING TO COLLEGE. “Dirty and cold but it gets me to my car m o re q u i c kly a n d it’s h a n dy w h e n it’s ra i n ing. I’ve never stopped to have a good look, I c a n’ t w a i t to g e t o u t o f i t .”


NATHAN I EL TELFO R D . MALE. 75. GOING A WALK. “I worked in this area for many years and have used this subway more times than I could count . I once was travelling through it when a bomb went off during the troubles and when I exited the dust was still s e t t l i n g .”


MARK SIMPSON. MALE. 21. B U S STATI O N . “ I t’s s m e l ly, d i r ty a n d c o l d . C o u l d d o w i t h a m a k e o v e r. I o n l y u s e i t t o s a v e t i m e b u t i f I d o n’ t n e e d to I d o n’ t .”


JAMES REID. MALE. 20. GOING TO GYM. “I can’t say I like the place but it saves time so I use it. I reckon it would be a bit d o d g y a t n i g h t .”


SUZANNE WIGHTMAN. FEMALE. 19. GOING TO WORK. “ I d o n’ t l i ke t h e s u b w a y a t a l l ! I t’s d i r ty, freezing and stinks. I wouldn’t use it on my o w n .”



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