As a New Yorker himself, Ozeri has developed an eye for the unconventional moments of beauty that city dwellers have long embraced. His newest series features the grittier aspects of New York; the meat markets of Chinatown, the dilapidated subway, the vacant lots of Red Hook-as well as the more traditionally beloved locales-Washington Square Park and Dumbo. It is in these offbeat settings that Ozeriís work begins to capture a more 21st century sensibility. Ozeriís imagery and composition flirt with the perimeters and conventions of contemporary street photography.
Sometimes candid, like the man in the subway, sometimes staged, the imagery from ďA New York StoryĒ is invigorated with drama. Darkness, fluorescence and natural light compete for attention, amongst the complex and layered subject matter. The rhythm of the city translates into streaming movement across the canvas. It is in these unexpected moments where Ozeriís compositions are the strongest. He has chosen to focus on the chance encounters rather than censor them. Strangers have integrated their way into his compositions, exemplifying the true essence of New York. The chaotic pulse of the city envelopes the still figure creating an unexpected meditative connection between the viewer and the subject.
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