The Waiting Place
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Conceptual Photography and Design

...for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

–Dr. Seuss

 

Our reasons for being in the Waiting Place vary. Sometimes we choose to go there. Other times we are there against our will. No matter the reason, the Waiting Place is often seen as a negative space—a place where time and opportunities pass us by.

But what if it’s not? What if it’s actually a blessing? Or a sacred space? Maybe that time when we are stuck in rush hour traffic or waiting at the bus stop is just an opportunity for us to see some- thing differently, solve a problem, or even just to call our mom. Maybe it is in this often unavoidable place that we have our best ideas and make a lasting connection. Bruce Mau once wrote in his Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, “Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces—what Dr. Seuss calls “the waiting place.”

Maybe the Waiting Place isn’t some- thing we should dread, but something we should seek.

In the speed of our daily lives it is often difficult to remind ourselves to appreciate the moments in the Waiting Place. But what if there were subtle signs that reminded us? Perhaps the signage we see everyday on our way to work or on our walk home from school could lightly and humorously ground us in the Waiting Place. The signage would be so subtly tweaked that it may be easily looked over by the passerbys and only truly recognized by those who have come to that place to wait.