Scott Andrew poses on the couch during a cloudy Sunday afternoon spent together. Scott – a make-up artist working in the fashion industry, was a friend of mine. We met in February 2013 and he was a regular guest in my apartment. Scott died suddently in June 2014. March 2013.
Christopher Shores works on a new art piece in his living room. Christopher is a copy editor and artist originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He moved to New York City in 1992 and started to create ‘street soaps’ in 2003. He uses street-found objects that he encapsulates in melted glycerin to create the soaps. Meserole Street, Brooklyn, New York City, March 2013.
Christopher Shores’ art piece, a wooden frame composition of ‘street soaps’ on display in the living room. Christopher is a copy editor and artist. He started to create ‘street soaps’ in 2003. He uses street-found objects that he encapsulates in melted glycerin to create the soaps. March 2013.
Katharina Woll is a German-born filmmaker. Originally based in Berlin, Germany, Katharina moved to New York City to attend the Film Program at the Tisch School of the Arts at the New York University. She temporarily moved into the building before returning back home to Germany. Katharina decided to spend the last part of her stay in East Williamsburg because most of her friends live in the neighborhood. May 2013.
The living room of the Sherman family. Tara Sansone and Hil Sherman moved into the buildng as a young couple in 2000. The wall-size board is used for drawing by their children Mela and Marcello. Mela nad Marcello are the keepers of the Hermit Crab contained in the tank. October 2012.
Elizabeth Ainslie works during Bushwick Open Studios. Bushwick Open Studios is a three day arts and culture festival that celebrates the community’s vibrant art scene with the goal of fostering dialogue and collaboration between local artists and residents. Now in its seventh year, the festival is hosted by the volunteer organization Arts in Bushwick (AiB) and is free and open to the public. Liz exhibits her paintings in the living room of her apartment along with her photographer friend Desiree Leary who took the image represented in the puzzle. June 2013.
Jamie Weiss, a filmmaker originally from Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn, has lunch in the living room of his flat. He likes this particular area of the apartment because of the amount of light coming in from the tall windows. April 2013.
Luke Abby – a British-born set designer and photographer, plays with a frame in the apartment during an evening together. March 2013.
Duncan Winecoff – a film director originally form California, former flatmate and friend of mine, poses in our apartment. He moved into the flat in February 2013, two days prior this image was taken. February 2013.
Christopher Shores’ kitchen. Since Christopher moved into the building in 2008, he has been decorating the apartment with street-found objects. March 2013.
Brett Bailey enjoys a cigarette on the couch during a party. Brett is an American stylist, fashion editor and former dancer originally from Los Angeles, California. June 2013.
John Cruise and Scott Andrew deep in their thoughts during a nocturnal chat by the kitchen table. John, an irish-born film editor, and Scott, a make-up artist, met and bonded while John visited me in May 2013. May 2013.
The Sherman family relaxes in the living room of their apartment during a Sunday afternoon. From left to right: Hil, Ellie, Mela and Tara. Mela is the eldest daughter of Tara nad Hil. At the age of 8, Mela is already a multi-instrumentalist. Along with flute, she plays piano, trombone and percussion. Ellie is Mela’s friend, who is being hosted by the family for the weekend. October 2012.
Adam Wallace, artist, rests by the kitchen counter during a dinner party. February 2013.
Luke Abby and Brett Bailey asleep on the couch. Luke, photographer and set designer, and Brett, fashion editor and stylist, met in 2011 while working for the Jed Root Agency. Soon after, they became close friends. May 2013.
Christopher Shores relaxes on his new couch bought on Craigslist. Formerly a music writer, Christopher became a copy editor in 1997. He has been decorating the apartment with street-found objects since he moved into the building in 2008. April 2013.
Close-up of art pieces in Jamie and Irena Weiss’ bedroom. Irena is originally from Mexico and the drawing is a gift from a close friend of hers, a professional Mexican illustrator. The hanging masks represent different aborigenal tribes in Mexico. April 2013.
Behind the Door
In a time in which metropolises are overpopulated and rents are constantly on the rise, vital space for human beings is reducing, becoming smaller and more suffocating year after year. Faced with this scenario, the inhabitation of old industrial spaces has become a social phenomenon.
Behind the Door is a long-term photographic project set in a converted warehouse on Meserole Street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. Built in 1920 when East Williamsburg was a hub for manufacturing, the building where the story is set, formerly a sewing factory, is a large brown brick box that stands four stories high. The factory made cosmetics, cotton, rayon and vinyl for nearly sixty years before closing in the late 1990s and being subsequently transformed into loft apartments carved from the raw factory space.
East Williamsburg has developed quickly over the past 30 years and is now one of the most desirable residential neighbourhood in New York. In an area where the fast-paced gentrification process has been aggressively replacing typical edifices with brand new, characterless high-end luxury condos, the former sewing factory is one of the few historical buildings that still remains intact in the vicinity.
Behind the Door was born out of the desire to slow down, observe and document the uniqueness of the domestic spaces and culture flourishing in the building. Conceived on a large format film camera (4×5), Behind the Door is an anthropological visual journey looking into a vibrant microcosm threatened by an uncertain future. By revealing a diverse group of creative spaces that are as unique as the individuals that reside in them, the project aims to expose, celebrate and preserve a dynamic culture and rapidly vanishing urban way of living.