celebration and community. chinese lunar new year parade. chinatown, nyc 2.5.2017 kodak portra 400, 35mm film.
Celebration and happiness, doing things simply for pleasure. Parades, fairs, carnivals, bright lights, music, food, bodies in motion. A chance to step away from day to day life and, for even a short amount of time, focus on something that makes one smile. A celebration of cultural heritage, small town traditions, the free falling sensation of a roller coaster, or simply a larger than life Charlie Brown floating down a NYC street. All this done for groups and crowds of people coming together. Is the adage “happiness is only real when shared” proven true in these moments? You don't see one person enjoying a parade or the sparkle and bang of a fireworks show, there is something in these experiences being shared that one fully realizes the joy they feel, a collective sense of happiness.
Community for connectivity. Maybe the most physically permanent of these human connectors and one of the most constant for me to encounter. Living in NYC and constantly moving around the city in search of visual inspiration and exploration. As an example, Chinatown is a passion of mine and I spend hours wandering around these neighborhoods in both Manhattan and Queens. I am drawn to the insulated feeling of these neighborhoods. While they are still in a city setting, you can see the community within moving through the crowds, visibly connected through their traditions and celebrations, faith, food, ethnicity, and family. Multigenerational ties that bind these communities together and keep them thriving and connected.