New York is a city of 8 million terrible roommates each trying to eke out their bit of privacy in the tiny, filthy living space. To photograph togetherness here is almost a fallacy, because the forced togetherness of subway cars and public parks is not a warm and fuzzy ideal. I looked for examples of togetherness where the company was deliberately chosen.
I don’t think that a person alone necessarily evokes loneliness. All the people lost in the books and devices in their hands are connecting elsewhere- so what if physical proximity is just a crowd of millions of strangers? What might look like loneliness and isolation here is togetherness, and vice versa.
Photos of togetherness and separateness below.
A couple pauses outside of the New York Public Library near Bryant Park on Dec. 15.
A woman walks through Central Park on Dec. 15.
New Yorkers seek space on three separate benches on a warm day in Central Park on Dec. 15.
A man reads while his dog looks around in the park on Dec. 15.
Two young women have a picnic on the lakefront in Central Park on Dec. 15.
Two Central Park-goers discussing student loans on Dec. 15.
On less crowded days, people in Central Park will spread out on the benches as much as possible.
A man asleep while his neighbor on the bench talks on a cell phone.
A couple walks through Central Park.
Families and couples abound at the Bryant Park ice rink.
Three people outside of the New York Public Library on Dec. 15.
Two women speak outside of the New York Public Library on Dec. 15.
Two women sit outside as more people pass by.
A woman examines rings in a shop in Bryant Park.
A man speaks on the phone while sitting alone, a common sight suggesting that people are socializing in other ways.
A car on the 1 train around rush hour on Dec. 15.