New York will crush you… if you let it. I noticed a particularly super-smashed Coke can on the street a few years ago and picked it up to inspect it more closely. It was so flat it must have been run over a thousand times. It was so cool looking that I brought it to my studio, and photographed it. That was the first one. I wouldn’t consciously search for them, but the cans would just appear there on the street, and I would pick them up and put them in the smashed-can box. After a few years of this the smashed-can box has runneth over. So before I recycle them, I’ve attempted to capture the unique beauty in that first smashed can that caught my eye. Here they are, photographed back in their natural environment – the streets of New York. I think this series is about noticing beauty in small and simple things. I still look up in awe at the Manhattan skyscrapers, but I also can’t help but look down. I like the grit and grime. After 20 years, I still have a crush on New York City.
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