For months, almost daily, I took pictures with my mobile phone of my commute to work. Some of them are published on my Instagram account. I wanted to have a recollection of the views, always the same but always changing.
The project started in July 2016 and finished in June 2017.
Around March I lost a few pictures, while January and February weren’t the most prolific months.
Focussing on one project for an entire year – and limiting it with the use of the phone camera only – has proven difficult to me. Could be a coincidence, but at some point I lost interest in it, and tried to bring back my photography enthusiasm by pointing my lens to the small details around me.
Watching the documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” the other night, I realised there still were two great albums for me to discover. I somehow lost The Next Day – which, I was sure, I bought and saved it somewhere – and, knowing it was supposed to be his parting gift, I’ve never been able to fully listen to Blackstar.
As per the documentary though, Blackstar was never supposed to be a goodbye, so I might give it a go now. Funny how the mind works.
At some point, it struck me how the song Where Are We Now? is about Berlin. That information was lost, too. Seeing Berlin again and hearing the lyrics, reminded me of a recent trip to the German capital, and how much I missed it afterwards.
Having started working for a company in Cambridge in July, and commuting every day with my bicycle, I saw the opportunity to take pictures.
Bringing a camera with me was never the best solution, therefore I relied on my iPhone. For months, almost daily, I published photos of my commute on my Instagram account, tagging them #mycommute and #onmybicycle.
Same views, different times of day, different seasons. Actually, I never stopped taking pictures, so this has become an ongoing project.