I was walking down Bergen Street on a rainy day last week when I first noticed giant pictures decorating several stoops on the block between 5th and 4th avenues. Rushing to get into the subway, I didn't stop to read the fine print. Once the sunshine was out I headed over to take some pictures and see what it was all about!
Check out these pictures I took of the Bergen Street portraits!
These pictures are a product of Inside Out, a global art project started by French Artist JR. His dedication to photography and the power of human expression is inspiring.
From the website:
"INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.
According to the New York Times, "The Park Slope part of the Inside Out Project, led by a resident and actress, Dana Eskelson, was inspired by neighborhood concerns about shopkeepers' being forced out of business by the Atlantic Yards arena and development project." The portraits are examples of workers and owners of small businesses in the surrounding area. I have wondered what impact the Atlantic Yards development will have on this neighborhood.
To get better acquainted with JR, take a look and listen to his message...
I am really inspired by his work!