Today I took public transit to work. It is something that I used to do far more frequently (pre-pandemic) but working from home and moving have made it a little more difficult than it used to be. My trip today was prompted by the indefinite shutdown of the 10 freeway in downtown Los Angeles. My work commute is long enough as it is so I had no intention of findinbg out how much worse traffic was going to be because of the detours so taking the train was an easy decision. And a fun one.
Every opportunity to observe and document a bit of daily life is something I greatly appreciate.
I have found that the best way to do this is to stay ready while going about my own routine. I'm constantly taking pictures of things other people seem to ignore: weird ways that light strikes everyday objects, interesting urban landscapes, the ways that people go about their business, and on and on. In a way it's an attempt to bring attention to the beauty of the things and activities that we take for granted, even if aesthetically they aren't attractive in a traditional sense.
So back to my commute, the Metro is still pretty wild but it seems to be returning to the way that it was pre-Covid. There are a lot more passengers and just an energy that feels familiar. I didn't take many pictures and I used my iPhone instead of the GR3x that I had on me today but that's all good. The ability to shoot raw files means that my phone is more than capable of capturing the photographs I'm looking to make.