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Photographer takes photos of same people commuting for nine years and man is it depressing

Often you'll here liars people utter the phrase "I'm a morning person!" Let's get one thing straight - no one on earth is a morning person. You can put on a fake smile, act like you're full of energy and fast-pace walk to work with that Venti Pike from Starbucks in hand all you want, you're not fooling anyone. Except Jim Harbaugh, I actually do think he attacks the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.

Don't believe me? Well, a Danish photographer Peter Funch put this theory to the test in his book 42nd and Vanderbilt, taking photos of the same strangers exiting Grand Central Station and commuting to work in New York City over a nine-year period. With the help of his incredible attention to detail, you'll find that for the most part, people tend to stick to the same morning routine, over and over and over again, and my goodness is it depressing. Take a look at a few samples:

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You know how much shit this guy has seen in his lifetime of commuting to Manhattan? All of the shit.

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At least he's still got the same traveling companion. Boys for life.

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Something tells me this guy is not listening to a podcast hosted by Tony Robbins, just a hunch.

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Still no Tony Robbins.

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Best way to catch up on sleep? Literally sleepwalking to work.

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Not sure if this photographer's timing is this good or if this woman's eyes are permanently closed. May have to buy the book to find out.

You can find more of these incredibly sad photos here, and hopefully they'll make you consider slightly altering your morning routine, in case some sneaky photographer is documenting it.