Statement: Beyond the Platform
The initial impetus for photographing at night on subway platforms was the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. It led to the series,
Beyond The Platform and has eventually developed into the
exploration of connected themes.
I have always been captivated by the travel allure of trains and, to me, subways are
their urban equivalent. I only shoot on above-ground platforms because showing the close
proximity of the subway platform to the surrounding community suggests a powerful theme that I feel compelled to explore - - that of machinery vs. humanity.
Acting as photographic architect, I combine imagery to create new realities; sometimes merging simultaneous moments into one. This
echoes the concepts of construction and de-construction from which
the work first originated. Initially, my work consisted of multiple scenes
combined together but it has evolved to include grid-like arrangements and single images as well.
I travel to different cities throughout the world in order to explore the relationships
specific to those particular transit systems and the communities in which they
reside. I stay where I can find inexpensive or free lodging through a network of friends, colleagues
and relatives. I stayed with my brother for three and a half weeks in Shanghai, China to add to
this series and that was an amazing experience. So far, I have photographed in
Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, London and New York City for the series.