Night Call (2016-present)
Nightcall is a typographical study of what was at one time an essential communication device: the public payphone. As someone who has had a cellphone in my pocket for the past twenty years, I cannot remember the last time I needed spare change to call someone. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I’ve witnessed anyone (outside of movies and television) using a payphone. As technology has made cell phones cheaper and easier to obtain, the corner payphone has almost been relegated into obsolescence.
As of 2018, according to the FCC, there are approximately 100,000 working payphones remaining in the US, twenty years ago, that number was around 2 million. Long abandoned by the big telecommunication companies (AT&T, Verizon, etc), payphones are maintained by small independent phone companies. When maintaining a payphone is no longer profitable, the company facilitates its removal. However, in these cases of removal, only the phone receiver and base are removed. The metal stand, sides and signage showing that there was a payphone located there are left behind, creating a cultural fossil, many of us probably pass by one daily without a second thought.
I photograph these cultural fossils late at night, where the absence of other people, save for the occasional car passing by, creates a stillness that makes the inoperable phone a prominent figure within the urban landscape.