Between 8.30am and 9.30am, from 2007 to 2016, at the southern corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in New York City, Danish photographer Peter Funch stood with his camera, capturing people on their commute to work. You might think this quite mundane, but the resulting images are truly astonishing.
Through categorical editing of nearly a decade's worth of work, Funch discovered the same characters, walking the same route and decided to piece them together to create this special project, comparing people both then and now.
Some, as you'd expect, look worn from the challenges and daily grind of city life. While others look better with age. What's surprising is how they often wear the same clothes or perhaps hold themselves the same way. Funch certainly brings to the surface the minutiae contained within a fragment of our daily routine, the short walk from A to B, reminding us that the practice of photography in general, and street photography specifically, has only scratched the surface of possibility.
This simple and effective mechanism employed by Funch permeates the ordinary with the extraordinary. The fact that our own unknown tendencies, together with the rhythms and denizens of our surrounding ecosystem, can endure and replay over a path travelled thousands of times, becoming akin to a performance, is nothing short of a revelation.
The series, From 42nd to Vanderbilt, is now available as a book of the same name. Discover more at peterfunch.com.
All images courtesy of Peter Funch / V1 Gallery / TBW Books