Hurry Up And Wait

Boring, boring, fucking boring… then something happens. That pretty much sums up the life of a photographer involved in day-to-day news coverage. The moments that lead up to a shot can be agonizing but inversely seen as a chance to discover and capture unplanned occurrences. This set of images was taken over the course of several years during down time on humbling daily assignments. They have little to do with aesthetic but do evoke mood, in turn creating their own aesthetic. Roaming the landscape of New York City with one ear plugged into a police scanner while the other listens to the street noise. Occasionally the skies open up and pictures fall out. Many hours can be spent staring at a building or sitting in a car watching the world pass by. Most people are skeptical of your camera and the weather hates you. At night you’re isolated and locked out. The nagging feeling of getting a call to respond keeps you from ordering a beer and builds up the anxiety. You see nature coping with its surroundings in urban landscapes. Reflections and shapes appear in beams of light waiting to be frozen in time. You’re immersed in the world with a task to create something by chance. Work at it long enough and chance fades away to probability, probability kills chance and you’re left with definitive proof that you exist. Make something out of nothing and time doesn’t feel wasted. “An artist is always alone if he is an artist.” – Henry Miller

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