A few weeks ago, I volunteered to help the amazing team from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Art (BU CDIA) set up the Ethan Daniels exhibit at Trident Bookstore’s café. The folks at Trident are serious about their art: with the goal of never having art-free walls, they have the artists come in at the wee hours of the morning and hang their prints.

Now, I am a responsible working adult. I regularly get up before the sun rises to head to the gym, get chores done, maybe do a bit of emailing or writing before I head off to work. But on a Sunday, it just seemed…. so wrong. When the alarm went off around 5:45 AM, I quietly dressed and I slipped out the front door, grumbling slightly. Ah, I thought to myself- the less glamorous side of the publishing industry.

But then, I realized something. I had the entire city to myself. As it turns out, there are very few people out and about at 6:00 AM on a Sunday morning in Boston.  As I walked toward Trident, I crossed over Boylston Street, which usually is quite busy with cars, pedestrians, tourists and shoppers. Not that morning- just the sun glinting off the tall buildings and a lone runner in the distance.  Newbury Street was also abandoned, and seemed like a magical street right out of a fairytale. The quiet storefronts and cafes would soon be bustling with servers and clerks and people from the neighborhood- but in those few moments, it was like the city was all mine, and I took it all in like I was seeing it for the first time.

When I finally snapped out of it, I joined the BU CDIA team. They were great that morning: chipper, despite the hour, and extremely efficient. We were ready to go when the first diners showed up at 8AM, and I stuck around awhile to see if people were taking in the new prints. Some seemed to notice, while others were pretty absorbed in their cups of coffee and their books, which I understood.

With just a few days left to see Ethan Daniels’s stunning photography from Under Cape Cod Waters at Trident Books, we encourage you to take a trip over there. Grab a cup of coffee (and maybe a piece of rich chocolate cake) and hang out in the café for a while. Soak in your surroundings, and submerge yourself in Daniels’ underwater photography – before the next crew comes in to do the great Sunday morning art switch!

Trident Booksellers & Cafe  is featuring prints from award-winning underwater photographer Ethan Daniels in their gallery this month (July 10-August 21). Daniels, a trained biologist, is the author and photographer of Under Cape Cod Waters, a stunning and unique portrait of the world beneath the Cape’s near-shore waters.