The “Traffic Button” was a short film I put together for the 16 Windows of Art exhibition in Downtown Albany NY. This is an event when the city lets artist take over 16 vacant building fronts and display art installations in them. For mine I created a wall of old TV sets that I displayed in the window of an abandon storefront on Pearl St. I edited together a bunch of my 35mm & 16mm time-lapse footage of the Empire state that I played on a loop. All of the footage was shoot in Manhattan, the Catskills or Albany. The loose concept was a celebration of New York. Albany being the capital of the Empire State and New York City the capital of the world with the nature of the Catskills between them. All the time-lapse was captured the old fashion way. The 35mm footage I capture with an ARRI 3 with a Norris Rig and the 16mm was captured with my Bolex Rex-4 and my NCS TimeFlow intervalometer. I use to pride myself on and made good money getting the shots that most could, without a permit. Such as the New York City Subway System where motion picture camera production is illegal without a permit. Anyone can go down there with a digital SLR these days, but it was a different ball game sneaking down a 35mm motion picture camera, support, and an interval meter during rush hour. I loved it. Oh, and the guy featured in the clip is a gentlemen named Wesley who walks all around downtown Albany pushing on traffic buttons. He has a very methodical specific mathematical process and uses a watch to keep track of how much time he spends at each mechanism. When asked why he explained to me that he is just doing his part to keep the traffic flowing. I thought it would be interesting in my film to suggest he was controlling all the traffic in New York State. Enjoy.