21 Days - NYC
I worked in NYC for 8 years in the late 90's. It was loud, dirty and a bit dangerous if you weren't familiar with it's rhythms and the places to avoid. It was a city of contrasts. Of winners and losers. Those that were "them" and those that were "us". I didn't know it at the time, but I was front row center at a time of transition for the city, led by Rudolph Guiliani and epitomized by dramatic changes like the Disneyfication of Times Square. Seemingly overnight the rough edges of the city were rounded off, and places no New Yorker ever went became packed with tourists, chain stores and art galleries.
I returned 25 years later to record the people I found there today. Native New Yorkers and tourists alike. Not surprisingly, like much of America, the contrasts were even more apparent than they were before. It seemed like every measurable attribute had been pushed to a new extreme. This is 21 Days in NYC through my eyes.