Photo Journal Monday: Joey Solomon
Fort Tyron is geographically and socially, the outlier’s park place of New York City. Having been shallowly photographed until now, the park’s dramatic cliffs and buzzing natural life seemed to me too rich not to document. Initiated in January 2018, the majority of the following months were spent finding slow representations about myself through the darkened, often off-kilter candor that appears in the images of encountered trees, midnight joggers and plastic bag sculptures.
In many ways, the photographs in Fort Tyron are a mirroring of slow personal growth and mental health. Portraits of my dissipating fears of social interaction and death are manifested in the park’s visible characters; humans, environment, and the material waste growing between the two. The eventual photo book will follow a journey of deforesting and the preservation and decline of healthy natural space in New York City.