Christine Osinski: Staten Island
Though I didn’t get a chance to review Christine Oskinski’s work at Photo NOLA, I saw her stunning images at the portfolio walk and they left and impression with me that still remains. The work was created in the 1980’s and it is as fresh and as interesting as the time it was produced–indeed a meter of quality.
Perhaps it was the ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island, the distance traveled by water that created a psychological break and a cultural time warp that enabled Staten Island to remain unnoticed and mostly undocumented even though it was so very close to Manhattan and its landmarks. All of these photographs were taken between 1983-84. Every time I went out to photograph, I felt a sense of adventure as I walked through the borough with my 4×5 camera, then later twin lens reflex. I am now in the process of developing a book proposal with these images.
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