In a busy world, the time we spend waiting often infuriates us. We grow impatient and seek distraction. But making photographs at night has shown me the nurturing and transformative elements available in the act of waiting.
The railroad crossing is a familiar image of time spent waiting, and even of time wasted, but it has become metaphorically significant to me for several different reasons. On one hand, it represents a transition in my process from still photography to video, a place of crossing over from what is familiar to what remains unknown.
Here, still images are here displayed as video (new), but also presented as prints (familiar). On the other hand, I have also used a raw material to illuminate the scene. I have turned my car around so that the brake lights color the crossing, so that one may see the waiting differently.
Once the train has passed, the braking ceases but the observation continues. The act of stopping creates a perspective that was there before, but not noticed.