DC Streets: Meditation on Flickr.
I like that this photo is so relaxed. It’s just a moment in the city. Loud, fast and all that nonsense. I generally consider every city to be generally far too chaotic for me. On the scale of fast cities, DC is somewhere in the middle. I’ve lived in New York, and on a recent trip there was reminded just how fast everyone there moves. I was walking with a friend who was moving at NYC speed. I was having trouble keeping up. Heh. Lost that pace.
Still, with this shot, you do see moments of absolute calm. The action can pause. You have to look close to find them. Sometimes, you yourself are that moment. I recall this segment from ‘Transmetropolitan’ by Warren Ellis:
‘…one of those little pauses in the conversation of the City, then; a sudden unexpected quite as everyone stopped to take a breath, and I get one of those little heart-leaps as a girl moves my way, I fall in love for ten seconds the way you do when you see one of those faces, those eyes… held breath for a moment of eye contact that burns into memory - a face I could look at for the rest of my life - and then she’s walked by, the City resumes, fade up the chatter and music…’
I pass that girl every so often. Sometimes I have even taken her picture, if I’m brave enough. Usually I am not. Heh.
Still, this guy, sitting and having a smoke, embodies that brief moment just as well. An eddy in the maelstrom.