A street is not only its tarred surface, the buildings alongside it, the cars fast or slow, the people around you. It is also the way those things relate to one another, the way they combine and recombine. As some elements slip out of view, new ones become visible: You are moving, the cars are moving, other people are moving, even the sun is moving, slowly, and in the middle of this movable feast you must decide when to press the shutter, decide which of these rapidly refreshing instants is more interesting than the others around it.

A second before, it has not yet arrived. A second later, it is already gone.

Teju Cole

Lee Friedlander Captures the City’s Hustle and Flow, April 23, 2015

The New York Times Magazine