One of the hardest things about documenting a story like Red Line D.C. is the very real concept of temporality.
Nothing stays the same.
On the metro, everything is in motion. On the MBT, everything is influx. And when you’re objective is to capture change, it’s difficult to know when to put down the camera and call it a wrap. The existing graffiti and chaos of the metro is constantly interacting with the construction and development occurring in Northeast, particularly around Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland station.
As neighborhoods change, the aesthetics are impacted and hint at something more. There’s a nearly imperceptible shift to the experience of a place. Buildings come and go. So does graffiti.
And so do people.
Below is an excerpted interview with Mr. Holmes, a business owner, who, at the time of filming, operated his company out of a warehouse in the Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast D.C. He shares his perspective on working by Rhode Island Avenue metro station, and his encounters with illegal public art, before and after the MBT’s development.