Nancy Ahmadifar

Making pictures teaches me to pay attention to what is around me and be focused in the moment. My subjects are typically local—my urban garden and Mission Hill neighborhood, family and friends, and the people and streets of Boston. I look for stories, lighting, varied angles—ways of noticing and seeing more intentionally. 

The day I made “Station Stop” I was returning home from a Juneteenth rally in Dorchester on Boston’s Red Line train. This was my first time venturing out on public transportation since the beginning of the 2020 pandemic. The mystery of the opposing passenger’s facelessness intrigued me. I grabbed my camera and snapped the shutter while the train was moving.  When the train made a station stop, the poster behind the passenger came into view. That moment became one of looking:  the passenger looking at her phone, the poster woman looking at the passenger and me, and I with my camera looking at both of them.

Yehuda Inbar - Stata Center, MIT

Station Stop


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