I close out the final week of my Signa-Cha photo series at the pulse of NYC; the subway.
Growing up, I was always fascinated by the vast and complex nature of New York City’s subway system. You see, I understood that a single metro card could bring me to any corner of the five boroughs. And as a curious child with an innate spirit for adventure, the subway seemed like a viable conquest. However, my mom and I traveled by train when we would leave the borough of Queens, which was rare.
It was not until the summer that I graduated from college and moved back home to NYC that I really had the opportunity to experience the subway on a daily basis. So, as a college graduate with a summer to spare before heading to graduate school in the fall, I would ride the trains throughout the city.
Older me, encountered the same infatuation with the subway as I did when I was a child. I viewed the subway system as infinite possibilities and I wanted to conquer it. The tracks represented opportunity. The trains represented the journey. Delays and out-of-service trains represented challenges. And a quick switch of the train tracks represented a change of direction and new possibilities.
Since I was a child, I loved being aligned with anything that felt like a possibility because where possibilities live, as do I. This is why I’ve labeled this space ChamXpagne: The Journey To Liberation. The journey to liberation requires me to hold a posture of curiosity by being open to exploring new possibilities within myself and the world around me.
In closing, I’ve used this series as an opportunity to connect with my inner child by visiting the places that were “signa-cha” to my upbringing, I hope it has influenced you to reflect on your childhood and find meaning in people, places, and things that were important to you. Until next time.