This morning, 10:30am, the entry line at the central bus station in Jerusalem became very long. The security guard was especially slow. A line of sixteen people, I counted them, was especially impatient: “You think we’ve got all day?” the asked him.
The photos depict a crowded queue at the (old) Huwwara checkpoint, south of Nablus. The photos were taken in 2006, the top one in March, the bottom in April. The photos are old because I don’t take anymore these kind of photos. Only during my first year at the checkpoints I photographed routine. Nowadays I only photograph unusual events.
“The day itself can waste its time waiting by the checkpoint. Time itself stands still there, waiting” (Azmi Bishara, The Checkpoint, Tel Aviv: Bavel press, 2005).