A dramatic pause...

New York by Night


City nightlife is littered with intimate moments. Throughout the multitude of dive bars, college parties, and taxi congested streets, there are lovers, friends, and even strangers exchanging them. These instances may be solitary: an individual temporarily withdraws from the crowd or a bartender relishes an idle moment on a busy night. Due to their usual brevity, these instances may be all but indistinct to onlookers. Sometimes, it takes a camera to catch them.

Inspired by Brassaï’s suggestive photographs of Parisian nightlife and Nan Goldin’s arresting and impassioned photographs of the 1980’s New York City club scene, I sought to capture the ephemeral, intimate, and subtly romantic moments in my own nightlife experiences. By casting my friends as recurring characters, I use familiarity to bring myself closer to the intimate moments that passed in front of me.

I worked exclusively with 3200 ASA film throughout this project. The captions below the images provide background information on a few of the subjects and reveal what I saw in these moments that compelled me to capture them. My motive for this series extends beyond seeing a slower pace within a fast-paced context. It’s about documenting something passionate yet fleeting before the moment disappears altogether.

An actress plays a bartender for a skit in a comedy club.

In the kitchen of his friend's apartment in Brooklyn.

A crowded bar in grammercy.

Freedom tower, unfinished.

A bartender from Nantucket with a nautical star tattoo.

She hides from the camera so she won't be seen smoking. She forgets to hide the cigarette.

Descending to the club.

2 am.

She kisses a boy she meets at the party.

The corner window of a lounge in Nolita.

Resting in the kitchen after a long night.

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