CYPRESS HILLS I recently bought my first house. It was a grueling ordeal but well worth it because now I call Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, my home. In the short time I've lived in this vibrant, multi-cultural neighborhood it has inspired me to create a new series of work. This community welcomed me immediately. It feels like a small town where everyone knows your name even though there are 10 nationalities represented in 12 houses on my small block alone. It feels the way areas of downtown Manhattan did when I first arrived in New York: the melting pot that makes this city unique. I love what I have found here, even though I worry about what it might mean that I am here. The Cypress Hills of today is going to change and I am part of that change, just as those who moved here 20 years ago were a part of a different kind of change. Whilst I love the community as it is, I am conscious of how the next 20 years might change it again. Because of that, I am driven to document the community as it is now. New York is a city that is forever evolving, and I want to preserve this moment by celebrating the people that make Cypress Hills what it is today. For this series I set up a portable studio in the beautiful Highland Park and asked locals if they would like to sit for a quick portrait. This park is enjoyed by people from all over the neighborhood who gather here in the summer months to escape the heat, BBQ and play sports.