“Vicariously, through another person's eyes, men and women can see the world anew… There is given to them again a sense of wonder. This should be a photographer's aim, for this is the purpose that pictures fulfill in the world as it is to-day… We are most of us too busy, too worried, too intent on proving ourselves right, too obsessed with ideas, to stand and stare.”
—Photographer Bill Brandt (1948)
According to Wikipedia, a random walk is defined as “a mathematical formalization of a path that consists of a succession of random steps.” The term is used frequently within the domains of computer science, physics, and economics to describe the behavior of various systems in the world.
As a photographer/artist/designer, I am interested in the relationship between structure and chance, and the concept of a random walk seems to fit neatly at this intersection. I also enjoy checking things off lists, so I've made it a goal to complete a photographic random walk at every subway station in New York City. Each walk will assume the following structure:
My ultimate aim with this project is to observe and document visual information – people, moments, interactions, encounters, perspectives – that might otherwise have gone unnoticed or ignored. I want to encourage people to pay more attention, to notice more of the infinite tiny details that, together, make life fascinating.
Station Name: 111th St
Subway Line(s): J
Turn west, walk 5 blocks
Turn west, walk 2 blocks
Turn east, walk 3 blocks