Harlem, NY: A curation of images appropriated from Google Street View by means of screen-capture and digital photograph. The images depict figures of the African-American community within the increasingly gentrified New York neighbourhood of, Harlem. Frames of Individual, stand-alone characters, my subjects present an unsettling notion of intrusion, hostility and a challenge for place.
On a college trip to Manhattan, NY during 2011, I embarked on a whistle-stop bus tour of manhattan which lead me through the large northern neighbourhood of Harlem. Whilst passing through Harlem, I found himself somewhat bewildered by the 'stand-offish' eye contact, and body language that members of the black community displayed towards the bus of us 'tourists'. I left Harlem feeling as though I had intruded a space somewhat.
A number of years later whilst I was progressing through his photographic degree, I discovered a number of reports covering the pressure that gentrification over the past decade has been having on the long-standing African-American community of Harlem.
With my past experience of Harlem awoken by these recent recent reports, I took to recalling my invasive tour through Harlem and began exploring the neighbourhood using Google Street View, as a means of found imagery. My findings presented what would seem an almost happenstance result, experiencing the same hostilities and body languages as from my bus tour. However, Instead of through my own eye contact; though the gaze of the internet.