Centurions of The Hudson

All my life I’ve observed the piers along the west-side of Manhattan, since before they became derelict pile fields exposed to the elements, no longer supporting docks, and void of any economic purpose. Circa 2004 I was looking at a pile field and imagined the Terracotta Army of China’s Shaanxi province guarding an emperors tomb and my photographic study Centurions of the Hudson began. Through almost daily walks along the river I experienced how they changed with different light levels and atmospheric conditions, as well as their inexorable decay. Moving in closer, photographing individual piles with a zoom, I captured unseen landscapes and biospheres.

My website centuronsofthehudson.com contains my photographs depicting the pilings in the Lower Hudson River Estuary.