The character of New York City is nebulous. I found there to be no definite limits set for the complex attributes that make up the personality of the city. New York City is a place of contrasts, old and modern, young and old, colorful and drab. I find myself captivated by its contradictions.
As I revisited my photographs I began to realize that the city is not so much a paradox as it is a dichotomy. The varied elements of the city do not exist in opposition or contradiction to one another, they coexist as unique separate parts melded together and existing in conjunction with one another.
When visiting New York City I particularly like to venture out early in the mornings and then again in the late evenings. I find great pleasure meandering around in the neighborhoods, aimlessly walking and immersing myself in the culture. I never cease to be amazed at the diversity that I find. One morning, while walking around in the financial district, I turned a corner to see men dressed in expensive business suits walking around a shirtless, homeless man laying asleep in the middle of the sidewalk.
On another day, I found myself walking down a winding path, enjoying the serenity of a hushed, wooded area but knowing that just 100 yards away was the chaos of city life. I began to see that these contradictions coexist almost seamlessly as if they depended on each other. Each exist as a necessary consequence, a consequence of being.
As much as each of us like to think of ourselves as being ‘completely normal,’ we all have a side that is a little crazy. After all, I know that I am in-step in an out-of-step world. The title I chose for this slide show is “Dazed and Confused,” taken from the song by Led Zeppelin. I was planning to use the song as background music, but decided against it in fear that it just make the viewer a little dazed and confused. The photos chosen are ones that I feel convey the side of New York City that is unusual, weird, whimsical, a little funny, and sometimes just a little scary.