"As summer approaches, in these times of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter, we are reminded of how social we are as a society, and how important Coney Island is to the heartbeat of our vibrant city," says Sherrie Nickol, a New York-based photographer who is reflecting on her ongoing series, Crowdscapes.
The images of people enjoying the beaches, parks and attractions of the popular neighborhood remind us of a time we probably took for granted. We also see her venture into New York, capturing the packed art galleries, huge parks, and outdoor exercise classes. They spark hope that we will be together once more.
"New Yorkers are a resilient lot," Sherrie continues. "I am confident we will figure out how to once again gather as groups peacefully to enjoy our collective company. I'm always searching for the ways to explore and show that special sense of energy, humour and interaction that occurs in public spaces, in combination with the intimacy between families, friends and lovers."
Sherrie's subjects are usually photographed at a distance, and even when she is up close, she is usually either ignored or the participants are excited once they find out they have been included in a photograph. "A concern of mine when photographing people in public is whether I am intruding on their privacy," she says. "Upon reflection and in actuality, I do not think that this is the case with my work.
"Another aspect of the project that I often consider is that as a woman and mother I am afforded a particular vantage point when documenting what is happening around me, and I incorporate these experiences into my work. I think that my sincere approach to the subject matter affords me that extra level of trust from both adults and children alike."