Do Not Cross

Pedestrian Crossing, 2006

Pedestrian street light indicating people not to walk while the light is red. Paris, France

I have written and spoken about the familiar being so normal we no longer see things for what they can be or might be. The intention of the public works department was to put up a street crossing light that notifies pedestrians when it's safe for walking with the changing of the colored lights. What happens when that is taken out of context or seen from a very different perspective? Where are the people the light is telling us not to walk? Is it a warning sign indicating humans are nearby? If you are standing there and there are no cars coming, is it safe to cross? Is the deep state watching over us and controlling our movements? It is these types of questions and narratives that my photographs hope to raise in each viewer.