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Please, No Loitering
There is a scene in the movie Vanilla Sky where Tom Cruise finds himself in the middle of Times Square alone. It always replays itself in my head when I have happened to find myself in some public place – relatively alone. Where usually there is motion and a cacophony of sound, you find yourself in an unusual pocket of time that, for some reason, the universe has aligned to allow you the chance to have it at least nearly all to yourself.
Contemporary German photographer Reinhard Görner has the privilege of finding himself in places that one would otherwise so rarely experience this phenomenon. He skillfully captures frozen moments of solitude in such incredible venues as Le Musee D’Orsay and Versailles. His photographs are thought-provoking and often haunting.
Think about it the next time you happen to be in a public place at a strange time of day, maybe en route to the office from a meeting that ran late. An afternoon midweek at the ROM or the AGO or an early morning run through The Distillery District. Sometimes that ability to take a moment to stop and see something in a completely different light can give you just the clarity you needed in the absence of the seemingly ever-present whirl.