This limited edition book is a collection of thirty-two photographs, taken by Julie Shiels with her phone, while she has been waiting. Waiting for son, husband, friends, a seat, to fall asleep, to see the doctor, for the traffic to move.
As Miles Allison says in his essay HOMELESS IN UTOPIA waiting is “the leftover bits of time that function simply to join ‘superior’ activities together.” In other words, forget Henri Cartier Bresson, this is the quintessentially “indecisive moment”. These are pictures of the moment in which absolutely nothing is happening.
The abstracted objects in the pictures are a sort of “I spy with my little phone” moments. Close-ups of knobs, textures, surfaces, colours — the things on which our eye lingers for distraction while we wait. Terry Lane
Waiting, rediscovering boredom in the age of the smartphone. The Conversation