Deep Park is a project in progress, and is currently password protected.
This is a series of chance portraits I am making of people in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY. These are people who I approached, or who at times approached me because they were curious about what I was doing with my cart of gear and large-format 8x10 camera. The agreement to be photographed this way is really a mutual commitment to spend a block of time together, and there’s a unique collaboration that forms in making the image. The resulting work lives in some middle ground between the document and the construct.
While, on the surface, the work may not seem at all political, but this series of portraits of people with diverse backgrounds and qualities has been, for me, a very organic and physical reaction to the extreme polarization that has gripped this country since before the election. It’s no coincidence that my need to go out and connect with “strangers” began during the campaign that let up to November, 2016. Prospect Park is the ideal microcosm of New York’s amazing diversity. My use of its natural assets as the backdrop somehow imbues additional political resonance, given that our public lands and environmental protections seem to be eroding by the minute, and climate change denial is, incredibly, a governing principal. This project is my personal way of taking stock of the essential, which I find takes a lot more effort these days.