Modern life can be a daily assault on our senses.

We grow accustomed to the noises, sights and smells, becoming passive to the billboards and de-tuned to stranger’s conversations. Sometimes it’s because of the all too familiar; the daily rituals we all observe and repetitive tasks that our memory simply doesn’t need to preserve another record of performing. Sometimes it’s to escape.

It’s these moments of contemplation I have chosen to document: Private thoughts in public places.

— Jacob Burge