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Samarov
1445 Rider
 Posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Here's what I did to pass the time between fares during my cab career.

Taxis #10

Most of these were done at O'Hare Airport in the Taxi Staging Area in 2009.

Taxi #12

Here's one done at the Yellow Taxi Garage, where I spent many hours, sometimes days, waiting to get a cab to drive.

You can see the whole series here: http://www.dmitrysamarov.com/gallery/taxi_pictures/index.html.

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    eyekeyah
    95
     2 years ago

    How long would you be waiting in the staging area usually? It's cool that you were able to do something so nice with that time.

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      Samarov
      OP 1445 Rider
       2 years ago

      Up to three hours at times. When I was working on this series I'd sometimes intentionally go during slow times so I could paint a little longer, but it was always a crapshoot. Once the line started moving, all my whole scene would disappear. I threw away a ton of paintings which didn't work out.

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        BGraft89
        616 Rider Driver
         2 years ago

        Wait, so you would actually be onsite drawing these the whole time? You didn't snap a pic and go home or something?

        I am obviously not an artist.  :)  Sorry if I am being ignorant.  I need to be educated.

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          Samarov
          OP 1445 Rider
           2 years ago

          I like working directly from life. I do illustrations, etc from photos but it's not nearly as exciting as looking with my own eyes.

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            BGraft89
            616 Rider Driver
             2 years ago

            I can totally see that.  In fact, being there and feeling the atmosphere.  that must be a huge part of the joy of painting

            I'd be worried that something will change or a car would move, etc.  

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        eyekeyah
        95
         2 years ago

        3 hours, wow, what a grind. Did you ever get funny looks from other drivers? Did you run into any other drivers who had interesting or novel ways of passing the time?

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          Samarov
          OP 1445 Rider
           2 years ago

          Kept mostly to myself. But I wrote two books about it. There are definitely some stories about other drivers in there!

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        lionfool
        236 Rider Driver
         2 years ago

        You could be waiting hours, or days, for a cab... and then have to wait hours again at the airport pool... for one ride. cabbie's life is tough.

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    ChatswickFan
    264
     2 years ago

    Gorgeous.  Love 'em. I've always loved the cityscape drawings.. So much story. So much depth.  These of yours capture so much...

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    chawes
    755 Rider Guru
     2 years ago

    Wow. You have some serious talent... Do you sell these works?

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      Samarov
      OP 1445 Rider
       2 years ago

      Thanks! Of course I sell them. I have a few of this series left. You can email me through my site if you're interested. There are also prints of a few of them, as well as other work, here: https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/samarov/.

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    RLS18
    17
     2 years ago

    So cool!! I love this style and I really love that these are actual scenes from your everyday life.

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