My goal is to show people as they are, just being themselves, relating to each other or their environment. This work is the culmination of four trips to New York City from 2008- 2012, which were made in order to capture moments of people in their everyday lives. A writer once called Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work “the poetry of human encounters on the street.” That’s a beautiful description that serves as my inspiration.
Just hearing or seeing the words “New York City” can quickly conjure up images of iconic buildings, masses of people, seas of taxis, 9/11, the Statue of Liberty, or other memories we may have. The scenes in this exhibit are smaller moments, as people go about their lives in the subway, in the parks, and in the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Some photographs capture the feeling and appreciation of being alive through human interaction, quiet gestures, and simple pleasures, as part of daily routines. Other photographs highlight the loneliness and isolation that can be a part of living in a big city.