Behind the Door

 

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.