As a non-New York native, I have long since held the city as a place of high regard without actually making an effort to get to know the island. So, in 2009, I set out to (re)discover Manhattan.
Dividing the borough into twenty neighborhoods, I spent a year wandering throughout the city, visiting each street, and photographing as I went along. In my two-year escapade, I realized the place that I had called home for several years was in a sense foreign to me. During my solo travels, I discovered that the neighborhoods of this island are as different from each other as New York is from any other city; not only in the residents but more importantly, in the physical landscape and in the architecture that, in some manner, influences where and how we live.
Whether the structures are looming skyscrapers in the Financial District, low-story tenements in Greenwich Village, or grandly appointed buildings in Morningside Heights, each cluster of buildings in the diverse neighborhoods retained its own distinct nuance identity.
The presentation of the work implores the viewers to (re)asses their outlook on Manhattan. The direct method of contact printing renders the image in reverse with blurred borders, soft focus, and extreme contrast creating a hyper-contrast print. Though they are stripped of details from a surface perspective, the images, in fact, accentuate elements in the photographs that would normally go unnoticed.
The paper negatives created are as unique as the neighborhoods they depict.