Exposing Motion

Movement, to most of us, requires little to no effort.

As I look about my surroundings everything moves no matter what.

Occupied by vast amounts of vehicles, the road is never at rest. The sidewalks are still, yet people swarm atop. The empty seats have been filled by thousands of people.

 Vehicles pass while a bus stops to pick up passengers. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie Vehicles pass while a bus stops to pick up passengers.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Living in a city is a dramatic change coming from the reservation where things seem to move at a speed of a turtle.

In the city, everything is restless.

Restless feet glide on the warm concrete in the middle of the night. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie Restless feet glide on the warm concrete in the middle of the night.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

A great example of movement is television, because the world inside it doesn’t stop moving, no matter what. It contains moving things and people as camera movements vary. All the while images disappear and become different images. Its distracting nature allows us to do nothing ­– except be purely lazy – giving us time to stop moving as

Images on the TV screen do not stop moving, not even for a minute. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie Images on the TV screen do not stop moving, not even for a minute.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Outside of the virtual world of television, birds forever bob their heads as if listening to music, and I wonder if they know they look silly. If I stare too long, the birds start to grow conscious of my gaze and things get awkward as these magnificent creatures begin to disturb me.

A black bird creeps around people scavenging for food. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie A black bird creeps around people scavenging for food.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

In the end, everything seems to be all in a blur and imperfect. I wish being a part of the haziness would mean perfection was not a problem, but if you actually slow down, things are going to look very sloppy.

We are forever moving – the birds and the people – toward the future.

Head rush.  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie Head rush.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

The constant moving of hands is a need to get this soldering technique completed.  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie The constant moving of hands is a need to get this soldering technique completed.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

 The stairway to Hayden Library is constantly stomped on, leading to a good session of studying. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie The stairway to Hayden Library is constantly stomped on, leading to a good session of studying.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Night owls. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie Night Owls
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Thumbs are moving ever so quickly responding to a long awaited text message. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie Thumbs are moving ever so quickly responding to a long awaited text message.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Duality: Slow doors captured in their rush to close.  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie Duality: Slow doors captured in their rush to close.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Reach the photographer at ptohonni@asu.edu or via Twitter @purplekittehbum


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