Brooklyn-based photographer Joseph O. Holmes captures the magic of New York in this set he calls The Urban Wilderness. Set in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the photos show a smattering of people enjoying a cold Winter’s day. With blankets of snow covering the park’s green grass, you could hardly tell that these photos were taken in a city.
I love the photographer’s statement: “At first glance, many of the snowy spaces in The Urban Wilderness might be mistaken for those rural scenes: stark white meadows rimmed by low hills and bare trees. But upon closer inspection, street lamps come into focus, hints of park benches appear and backpackers are revealed to be dog walkers. The wilderness and the urban details are an incongruous mix: the juxtaposition of pristine emptiness with hints of the immense human presence lurking just outside the frame. But a hike through Prospect Park in the winter is the closest thing I can manage these days to those walks through the snowy hills of my childhood.”
The Urban Wilderness was recently shown at Jen Bekman’s Gallery in New York. It was the photographer’s fist solo exhibition.
See more of Holmes’ incredibly crisp and beautiful photos of New York and more on his website.