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Mr. NYC Subway can make you a model during your commute

If you encounter photographer Andreas P. Verrios during your subway commute, you just might arrive fashionably late.

That’s because the 36-year-old Harlem resident, who works as a finance attorney by day, spends his off-hours scouting for strap-hanging strangers to strike a pose for modeling campaigns. It’s all part of the strangers-focused series on his Mr. NYC Subway social-media presence, which counts 160,000 followers on Instagram and 1.6 million followers on TikTok.

Since September, Verrios and a videographer have found 18 stylish MTA commuters to show off looks for posts that quickly go viral.

He told The Post that focusing on subjects whom he doesn’t know is all part of the thrill.

“It’s the mystery factor of not knowing what’s going to happen,” he said. “It creates this whole new level of excitement.”

However, it can take several hours to find the right person to snap. And while some people decline to be immortalized, New Yorkers are rarely rude about it.

Verrios first photographed this perfect stranger as a model when he began the project in September 2020.
Verrios first photographed this perfect stranger turned model when he began the project in September 2020.
Andreas P. Verrios Photogrphy

“I haven’t had anyone push me off the platform like, ‘Hell no!’ ” said Verrios, who hails from San Diego, Calif. “If you go to a New Yorker and you tell them what it is you’re doing — and you’re assertive and honest and you have good energy, I’ve never had [anyone] get upset with me.”

Specifically, he asks them to pose with items from brands with which Verrios has partnerships — including hats from Goorin Bros., wrist candy from Stella Watch Company and even wearable blankets from the Comfy. Verrios and his videographer spend about 15 minutes shooting, but he doesn’t pay the subterranean stars for their participation. He also photographs them as-is without any hair or makeup styling.

The one thing he looks for: Someone who already put time and effort into how they look that day.

Verrios chose this straphanger to model a red-and-black look for the Comfy.
Verrios chose this straphanger to model a red-and-black look for the Comfy.
Andreas P. Verrios

“It’s someone who left their apartment dressed to impress,” he said. “Even in this pandemic, you’ll still find people — it doesn’t matter what day of the week — with some cool jacket on, or some cool T-shirt with beautiful pants.”

But different subway stations produce different results.

Mr. NYC Subway Andreas P. Verrios
Mr. NYC Subway Andreas P. Verrios
@valera.nyc

“Dumbo at York Street,” said Verrios of the F train station in Brooklyn that’s one of his favorites for scouting. “That crowd that goes into Dumbo, and in and out of York, you’ll always find some people with serious fashion.”

Another hot station that draws stylish subjects: the Franklin Street 1 stop in Tribeca.

Another plus: Both of them have good lighting.

“Columbus Circle is a good place to look, but not a good place to do photoshoots, because the lighting there is terrible,” said Verrios, adding that he doesn’t show up with any flash for his Canon DSLR camera. “I’m very particular about which stations have better lighting compared to others.”

He’s also done shoots at West 4th Street, Fulton Street and Astor Place.

Despite the overall goal of advertising, Verrios said he enjoys surprising train riders with a boost in confidence.

subway modelsModel/Dancer is @misha_culver.credit: Andreas P Verrios

Not all of Verrios’ model shots focus on strangers. He taps performers and models for his portraits, as well.

Andreas P. Verrios Photography

subway modelscredit: Andreas P Verrios

Not all of Verrios’ model shots focus on strangers. He taps performers and models for his portraits, as well.

Andreas P. Verrios Photography

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