The following photos are a collection of pairs taken in my hometown of Manhattan, NYC. Their closeness with one another allowed me to gain their trust more easily, as opposed to approaching a stranger who was alone. Their intimacy also allowed me to capture what one might call a double portrait, where two souls are united, and drawn together in a unique and timeless way.
It can be difficult approaching an individual stranger. But approaching pairs can allow the photographer to capture camaraderie, solidarity, and love. It also allows the two friends to relax more easily in front of the camera, because in friendship, they have found strength, and this strength protects them from the petrifying darkness of fear.
The project seeks to underscore that our personalities, as well as our sense of self, are inextricably linked with our relationships with others.
I have sought to capture something of the uniqueness of the culture of New York City and its people, but the work is also rooted in embracing the importance of love and the human condition, without which, the world is a truly dark and terrifying place.