I lived three years without documentation in the United States. I searched for work standing on the street and at labor agencies, and was hired out as general labor at various construction sites, along with other undocumented workers. At the time I didn’t feel a sense of connection with the others, or that my job in anyway defined me. Now I see that I missed a great chance to interact with interesting people, whose stories I in fact share. Having since gained this perspective, Diamond Box took me back to the parking lots and loading zones of Home Depot and Lowe’s where I used to wait for work. Here I met with migrant day laborers and hired them to participate in my project. I took them back to my studio and interviewed them about their life, working to find common ground through our shared experiences. While forging this connection (the their standard hourly rate), I still maintained a degree of distance behind the camera, allowing me to surveil the subtle details in their words, mannerisms, and movements. The final work is stripped of sound, the speaking parts edited out - leaving behind the spaces and pauses between thoughts and actions. The interviews are no longer linear narratives but a series of ponderous portraits, bringing forth a deep lack of context and an individual and mutual vulnerability.