Photographer Etienne Buyse has quite a unique hobby during his commute -- people watching. The result of such examination on bus stops leads to a wonderful, pensive series of ephemeral downtime in "Temps d’arrêt".
It begins in the tramway for Etienne. For him, human beings are all passengers, coming and going by through the train of life -- and out in the windows are all of the fleeting encounters and moments that only come once in a lifetime. The series shows the collective behavior of commuters going in a state of introspection and reflection in free lapses of time.
Etienne has something special here. Through his camera he has noticed that commuters, especially those waiting for their rides, are all in a state of calm, feet on the ground, minds, elsewhere far away, drifting, daydreaming -- resting from the demands of life.
The photographs have a very French Impressionistic feel to them, perhaps depicting its momentous and finiteness.