Each month, we team up with NPR's The Picture Show and ask you to share your stories with us for a community photo project called Public Square. This time, we asked you to make something beautiful out of the most repetitive and mundane things you do: commute.
According to the U.S. Census, the average travel time to work in the United States is 25.4 minutes.
Each of you spend those minutes differently – by bus, car, train, foot, bike or ferry. We even learned about someone who commutes on a gondola lift.
For the most part commutes are a routine, but you found fleeting moments of beauty during a brief interaction between strangers or when the fog hit the morning light perfectly.
Take a look at all of your daily commutes here.
You made moving pictures of your commute, too. Here's an Instavideo from Sasha Arutyunova (@sashafoto) in New York:
"Afternoon From Church Ave in Brooklyn to 86th Street in the UWS. As a freelance photographer, I have to commute to all corners of the city multiple times a week. That commute is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, leaving ample time to make images of this specific urban experience. I also like to shoot little videos during my commute at different times of day, capturing the poetic moments of this strange ecosystem were all a part of in the city."
Curious how your commute compares with other people in the country? WNYC made this color-coded interactive map: