The Myths of New York
After studying photography and methods of the darkroom, I pursued an apprenticeship in another kind of way of seeing, that of critical social theory.
Moving to New York City motivated me to pick up my camera again. New York City provided my visual classroom, with lessons in street photography learned in the public spaces of the city.
Using the courage found at the epicenter of the 'pull yourself up from the bootstraps' myth of New York, manifest in a social media entrepreneurship, I became a member of the Foundation Contributors Council of The Local East Village, (LEV) a partnership between The New York Times and the Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism at New York University. With Jay Rosen as the conceptual lead the LEV was used as an experiment in the production and dissemination of hyper-local media. I contributed images that where matched to stories. Over and above my work with the LEV my images have also been used by various new media outlets of New York City.
Experiencing an emerging visual political economy of new media, one that gives visibility but founded on free labor and speculation, provided an immanent critique on precarious nature of creative labor in a post-industrial age.
This precariousness lies is at the lived heart of the Myth of New York.