I SEE YOU - NEW YORK CITY
When I moved to New York city in 2012, I was absolutely amazed by the diversity of the faces I would come across walking on the streets.
I started asking people if I could take their portrait and to my surprise most said yes. That's how this project started. I look for the faces that stand out in the crowd, the ones that have something different, something truly unique, an attitude, a swagger, a twinkle in the eyes. I chose the landscape format to enhance the focus on the eyes of the subject. I take most of these pictures in Union square and I sometimes go to Washington square park or sometimes central park. I found parks to be the most diverse and people are usually less in a hurry. I use a manual focus lens and it takes me what seems like an eternity to nail focus. At first I thought this was a drawback. I soon discovered this was a blessing: my subjects when asked for a portrait usually take a pre-formatted cheesy expression...after a moment they start wondering why I'm not taking the picture, they loose their expectation of a picture and that is precisely when I capture the "real them".
I think that more than the architecture, the people ARE the city, and this project is an ode to all these amazing New York city faces.