I like the idea of a survey, asking people what they think when they walk.
Do things remind them of other things? Similar things, different? Does the looking cause remembering… of a first date, a mad uncle, the snippet of a story forgotten, with just the snippet remaining?
Maybe they look around and see nothing.
Maybe they only see what they want to see.
Or maybe it’s exactly the opposite.
I wonder how many people in this city
live in furnished rooms.
Late at night when I look out at the buildings
I swear I see a face in every window
looking back at me,
and when I turn away
I wonder how many go back to their desks
and write this down.
‘I Wonder How Many People in This City’, by Leonard Cohen