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I took these photos with a Kodak disposable camera walking along the border between Ridgewood and Bushwick, New York City. The images speak to my often overwhelming, frequently isolating, experience of city life.

ALONG THE BORDER BY JACOB MONIZ 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 116

Mark Rothko said of his artistic process: “I think of my pictures as dramas; the shapes in the pictures are the performers. Neither the action nor the actors can be anticipated, or described in advance. They begin as an unknown adventure in an unknown space.” His art, contrasting paints layered by distinctive washes and blends, surreal and expressionist strokes, brims with the sense that he has had a long and storied journey.

Ask me what I would give to have my life back.

THE HUNGER OF THE DEAD BY WILLIAM K BURKE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 116

He got too lucky and was beaten to death in the alley. Now he wanders the place. Looking for something, or somebody.

She emerged from the back door and lifted her face to the sun.

ALL ARE NAKED BY MICHAEL MATEJCEK 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 116

We stared through the garage door from the dark. None of us breathed. In that rectangle of light, she was separate from us, unreal and apart, as if spot-lit and on stage.


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 116

THE HUNGER OF THE DEAD BY WILLIAM K BURKE, ALL ARE NAKED BY MICHAEL MATEJCEK, ALONG THE BORDER BY JACOB MONIZ.

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