New York is the most photographed city in the world. Where do I begin?
Breaking the Code 212 is an attempt to find the DNA of New York – the bones of the city, the carcasses which hold everything together – what happened and what is yet to happen.
New York – you either love it or hate it; there is no in-between. Do you hate it because you can’t afford to love it or are you just not compatible?
Do I love New York? I’m cautious and curious, I’m hesitant to come up with an answer. I’m a neutral observer: not emotionally invested, to preserve the impartiality of my research.
Like a surgeon, I remove layers and layers of information from the digital files – until it has shed nearly all of its skin. This is how the series of black and white photographs are created; how the structure and the character of the city emerges.
To bridge the gap between the virtual and the material, they were taken apart once more and assembled again, this time showing the hidden internal beauty of the city — tough and rigid. And this is when I can no longer stay emotionally detached.