notice – a companion piece

After two years of continuous travel between the great urban centers of New York City, Tokyo, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and other cities, the world ground to a halt.

By virtue of this most random timing, I found myself stuck in a place I had never been to before. A small but beautiful suburban neighborhood of Vancouver was to be my home for the first 5 months of the global pandemic.

Everything that was my “normal” suddenly changed to its opposite. Instead of traveling the globe, I was contained to one neighborhood. Instead of meeting and photographing random people all day long, I’d walk for hours without seeing more than a handful of humans. Instead of my busy client work schedule, my inbox was quiet and days blended together.

So, I started walking.

Every day, a few hours, camera in hand. It became my meditative practice and helped me ground myself in a world where everything suddenly seemed uncertain.

I walked around my small neighborhood for 123 days straight. I practiced slowing down, and paying attention so I could see better. With time, the tiny area to which I was confined proved itself to be a universe filled with tiny bits of beauty and moments of wonder. 

What started as a small project to help me process the world around me, grew into my most ambitious body of work consisting of nearly 35,000 images made over the course of over 800 miles of walking. These are some of my favorite images from this period.

This collection of images is a compendium to Wesley’s photo book “Notice”, to be published in April of 2021. None of the images included appear in the book but were selected especially for Volume 2 of G5A imprint.

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