About:My name is Alia. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and spend a lot of time on public transit—usually BART, but sometimes buses or Caltrain. It can get old, but there's always something new: I listen in, look over shoulders, and deposit stories here.
I avoid identifying individuals, either in words or pictures—but at the end of the day, public transit is ... well, public. I'm happy to chat about the ethics of eavesdropping (or anything else). Drop me a line.
Credit is given where credit is due; all other words and pictures are my own. Let me know if you see something you like.
And hopefully, after they’ve stared at [the art], they will look down and think about the people opposite them. And if that’s a byproduct, that we think warmly of our fellow travelers, that would be nice.
It’s not my city or my medium (ma-a-aaan, do I wish I could draw), but we’re in love with the same thing, the small moments in which the subway is the city and the city is the world. I don’t have a word for it, but it’s the same magic between the lines on Craigslist—my second-favorite urban sociology lab after public transit—and so it makes sense that Blackall draws that, too.