The park is an urban refuge, a place to be free, dream, remember our deeper connections with life, even get some exercise and cross paths with folks we might not otherwise. The park is a great equalizer; it transcends to a degree, all the borders that divide us; social, economic, religious, political, ethnic, and the list goes on.
This collection of images are gathered from the hundreds and thousands of moments that have demanded my attention over years while under the uplifting influence of Prospect Park.
This series, made at Zuccotti Park, ironically previously named Liberty Plaza, in downtown NYC between Sept.17-Nov. 15, 2011. Occupy Wall Street spawned a movement against economic inequality worldwide. These photos, mainly portraits, are individual expressions of OWS.
From 1981 to 1983 I spent time at the iconic Gleason’s Gym then located in Manhattan at 252 W. 30th Street just a few blocks from Madison Square Garden. Boxing had lost much of its glamour and shine by then but the flame of hope and dream still flickered among many young men, mostly minorities, as a way to fame and fortune. Training to be a fighter I found takes real discipline, grit, and skill, both psychological as well as physical. Within the larger group of images I followed one boxer whose photos are part of the series, Pedro Estrada, who seemed to have real potential but whose fall outside the ring was tragic.
This series of double-images printed by sandwiching two negatives together are a conceptual expression of the idea of Psychometry.
“Theosophists and occultists from the earliest times have held that every object in the world receives and keeps all impressions, not only of all objects that stand before it, but also of all that happens before it; that these impressions are indelible and can at any time be taken off by man's nervous system and from that reported to the mind; and, therefore, that if we possess a piece of stone from the Roman Forum, we can reproduce to the mind, as clearly as a picture, all that happened in the Forum.” —Psychometry, by W.Q. Judge, The Platonist, Jan.1884
The Salvadorian Civil War of the 1980’s displaced tens of thousands of Salvadorians who fled across the border into Honduras, one of the poorest countries in Central America. The UN stepped in to run the camps and protect the refugees from abuse from both the Salvadorian & Honduran armies it was reported.
My photos are from the two camps, La Vertud just over the border and Mesa Grande built later about 50 miles inland, over very rough terrain. The photos give a somewhat cursory view of the refugee life in the two camps.