9 to 5. What comes to your mind when you hear or read this expression? The office? The commute? An everyday routine that brings home the bacon? Sometime you do between weekends and vacations? Monotony? The comfort and security of familiar repetition?
This series of photos, that I've titled 9 to 5 in Slow Motion, evolved as a "practice" activity I pursued while riding the commuter rail train to and from Philadelphia. Because the trains were populated with people going back and forth from work, I couldn't help but associate my photos to their ritual. I'm fascinated with capturing slow motion with my camera. It's very visceral to me and speaks to the emotions rather than the intellect. The industrial and uninteresting scenery when elongated and slowed becomes impressionistic and beautiful in it's own right. Graffiti on walls becomes a burst of color that actually brightens the landscape.
In the end, I couldn't help but see the metaphor that speaks to what we miss in life as we move through the hours, the days, the weeks, the year. Slow down and observe the subtle beauty that surrounds us. You just never know what you will see, find or experience.
“Strange, what being forced to slow down could do to a person.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song
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