About a year ago I read Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck describes an interval of time “between day and night when time stops and examines itself.” He calls this “the hour of the pearl.” This description seems to apply to the early hours of the morning when it is light but the sun has not yet risen over the horizon. It could also apply to twilight, when the sun has set below the horizon, but it is not yet dark as night. There is a mysterious and intriguing nature about this time and the majority of people don’t experience it because this early time of day does not appear in their daily routine.
The first time I truly experienced this time was last summer (2014) in New York City. A friend and I were under the Brooklyn Bridge before and during sunrise. We watched as people slowly emerged to start the day, and watched the light blue, pink, and peach colored sky transform to orange and then blue in just a few minutes.
Over the past month I photographed during the early morning between the hours of 5:30 and 8:00 AM. The location was not specific, the point was to capture the time, not the place. It is most interesting to me to be in places that are usually heavily populated, because people can affect an environment more than anything else. It is interesting to observe and capture a usually populated area without anyone there, and to watch the slow progression of emerging people.