Vincent Woo: Tunnel Vision

Saved: July 7, 2024
Vincent Woo, Tunnel Vision: An Unauthorized BART Ride, July 2023:

Picture this: 

You're a Bay Area teenager and your parents have grudgingly conceded that in order to go to summer school to study for the SATs, you've got to be able to take BART on your own. You get up in the morning, take a VTA bus to your nearest station awash in the feeling of your newfound independence. The landscape whizzes by as if you're gliding through space, like some kind of no-clipping ghost. 

Still, one thing bothers you. You can only see to the side. Even though lots of interesting stuff happens inside the BART cars, you still wish you could see what's in front of you. You find that options for seeing from the front of the train are limited. BART doesn't hire teenagers as train operators and sadly no rogue operators have uploaded their own footage to YouTube, which just launched last year in 2005. 

So, one day, about two decades later, you take matters into your own hands. Cameras have been getting smaller, better, and cheaper. You make a plan.