Fort Tryon is geographically and socially, the outlier’s park place of New York City. Having been shallowly photographed until now, the park’s dramatic cliffs and buzzing natural life seemed to me too rich not to begin documenting. The majority of these months were spent finding slow representations about myself through the darkened, often off-kilter candor that appears in the images of encountered trees, midnight joggers and plastic bag sculptures.
The images included in ‘Fort Tryon’ are subtle slices of evidence that our environments are rapidly dying. Due to humankind’s past and present wastefulness, 2018 has been witness to the highest levels of deforestation, widespread drought, famine and the decline in international animal populations. Given that our President and many other United States’ government officials regard climate change as myth, I believe photographic evidence of our eroding planet is more vital than ever before.
Beginning in January of 2017, I focused on documenting what I believe to be New York City’s cleanest, most intact public park, Fort Tryon. Geographically at the outer edge of the urban center, the park serves as a prime visual mix between the suburban and urban, the populated and the empty.
All images and text © Joey Solomon
By Joey Solomon