New York City’s playgrounds are hidden in the labyrinth of cement & glass of the city, in the corners of parks and on the edges of the island. Refuges for the many who are growing up in the city, these playgrounds are also an obvious sign of it’s society - encircled by fences, gated, and with notices posted: “ No Adults Allowed unaccompanied by a child” they aim to keep out those that might do harm.
This harsh notice, this rule, is a modern necessity in the city. while it is for the protection of the children the playgrounds are for, it reveals an element of the danger in safe spaces meant for laughter, a place to grow and a space where one is allowed to be young.
New York’s playgrounds encapsulate several dualities: enjoyment and fear, freedom and control, hope and despair. that these dualities are found in the midst of a city that presents itself as being overly confident, hint at an underlying feeling of uncertainty. As New York confronted it’s own loss of innocence and it’s fear of the dangers that lurked in the shadows from 2001 to 2005 I explored the city’s playgrounds and found a metaphor for the society i was part of in No Adults Allowed.
All images are analog and printed at 30"x30"( 76cmx76cm) and are in editions of 3.