MAKING CONTACT

 

Since 2002, I’ve been roaming Manhattan, making contact
with strangers on walkways and in public spaces through the lens
of my camera to ward off an increasing sense of alienation.
With 35 images to date, Making Contact is a photographic series
celebrating the people and places we pass but rarely take the time to notice.

Wandering throughout the city, I record strangers absorbed
in daily activities: working, playing, waiting for a bus, or just passing the time.
In the process, I’ve observed that the more immersed people are
in the moment, the more they harmonize with their urban environment.
Also, the longer I wait and watch them,the more comfortable
they become with me and my camera.

Sometimes, I encounter a scene that presents the perfect picture;
other times I’m drawn to an interesting face, situation or detail and must wait for
an image to emerge. Regardless, all the subjects are strangers and none are posed.
To convey the complete experience, text is sometimes imbedded into the image
portraying how contact was made and depicting the interaction that brought the image into being.
To read the full text for each photograph displayed herein, just place your cursor over the image.

Unlike many street photographers who render New York gritty in black & white
using lightweight 35mm equipment, I've chosen a classic, painterly approach
by exposing on color film and hand-holding a medium-format camera.
With finer optics and grain, the Hasselblad also providesa square format enhancing
the geometric symmetry inherent in my work. Moreover, the camera’s bulk
forces me to slow down and study people as I approach them.
As a result, the images are spontaneous yet contemplative.