Much of the inspiration for ARRVLS draws upon the complex mix of emotions that define New York City living: the sense of being trapped on crowded trains at rush hour; surrounded by scores of nameless others with whom you are inextricably connected to.
There's an odd intersection of emotions felt in a city like New York: we by nature desire connection, but are thrust all too intimately without choice into the underarms of a stranger on the subway. At least for me, this stark contrast creates a curious feeling: equal parts distrust and total curiosity.
So when I met Vinny, as I leaned over a bin of live fish all squished together and squirming, the metaphor seemed apt. And afterward, I thought about this picture often, how it portrays my feelings about this city, and about that particular moment in time.
Here's episode 3 of season 2 of En Route, which tells Vinny's story: