"I speak of the city, shepherd of the centuries, mother that gives birth to us and devours us, that creates us and forgets." - Octavio Paz
I walk the streets of New York City and photograph strangers. Serendipity, random encounters, the conjunction of my photographic gaze with chance and happenstance: these are the elements that are essential to my approach. These photographs are relics of a momentary merging of photographer and environment, subject and object. Immersing myself in the flow of the life of the city I feel the boundaries of my self momentarily become fluid, permeable. I abandon myself to the flow. The city brings us together, the city brings us apart. This is a series of street portraits – of sorts: nothing could be more alien to my understanding of photography as an esthetic and ethical practice than the idea of interrupting the flow of life and actually asking people to pose. These are as much portraits of individual people as they are portraits of a moment. Maybe they are my feeble protest against the city’s forgetfulness.