I’m up and outside more often during the 6 a.m. hour than most people. I like to get a quick walk or a run in early. But I tend to follow familiar routes, tend to be focused internally rather than on the world around me. On my usual early walks, I would have missed most everything recorded in Half/Life’s 6 a.m. observations.

Summer’s 6 a.m. scene held far more drama than I had any right to expect on a Sunday morning just steps from my apartment. But even this I would have missed had I not held awkwardly to space in the middle of the scene.

The 6 a.m. of winter that wound up in our collage was more typical. A Thursday morning. No humans in sight. Just the sound of the machines that keep us going.


One of 24 posts inspired by Half/Life, which remains on view at H-Space in Washington, DC through October 31, 2019. Contact Erik to schedule a visit. Paintings and zine on sale now in the Future Cartographic shop.

Published by Erik Moe

Erik Moe is a writer and artist based in Washington, D.C. and the founder and Chief of Expeditions at Future Cartographic.