I had some time while waiting for a connecting flight at Newark Liberty International Airport last Saturday and noticed this interesting play of reflections and silhouettes while ‘dining’ in the largest of the Terminal C food courts (the selection is actually pretty good).
Instead of heading over to the Continental lounge I decided to do some photography instead. These were passengers arriving on international flights making the fairly long walk to US customs and immigration. I think it worked fairly well, though I must admit I felt a bit awkward standing in the same spot for about 45 minutes waiting for international flight arrivals and taking seemingly random photos (for those travelers around me who may have been wondering what I was doing).
At one point I thought I was being shadowed, but it turned out the guy was just waiting for a flight to Miami. It pretty much reinforces my past experiences at other US airports that once through security, the chances of being hassled for taking photos in the terminal are fairly low. At least it hasn’t happened to me yet, though I was once briefly asked what I was doing in Toronto’s new Terminal One… but that’s Toronto.
Anyway, what you see in the photos is a corridor just after a 90 degree or more left turn and the reflections of people along the bottom are of those about a minute behind those along the top. Because it’s a reflection, they appear to be traveling in the other direction to the figures above, which is part of what I found interesting. What didn’t work out so well during the time I spent waiting and watching was that about 90% took the moving walkways rather than walk close to the glass. Had more walked closer to the glass I would have gotten what I feel would have been more figures above the reflections, resulting in a more interesting combination of shapes and silhouettes with two levels/layers of figures.
It will be something I keep in mind for future travels through EWR…