Bronx Photographer Pens Love Letter To His Borough: "What Piano District?"
"… you won’t find any of my images are poor people. Only victims of circumstance.”
There's really no better way to profess your love than with poetry. Recently hosted by the 5 Boro Story Project Bronx photographer, Edwin Pagán, was able to perform his "South Bronx Love Letter" at the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the South Bronx.
The reoccurring theme in Pagán's letter, apart from questioning, "what is the Piano District?" is the beauty found in his personal journey experiencing a rich and culture-filled life in the Boogie Down. He introduced his romance with photography, explaining the vivid life around his growing up with dreams of becoming a professional artist.
When explaining his work, Pagán made clear “There are vacant buildings and empty rubble-strewn lots in the photographs, but what you won’t find any of my images are poor people. Only victims of circumstance.”
He finished his piece by begging the question at the heart of it all: “Where exactly is the Piano District I keep hearing about, again? I’m not quite sure, but I do know this: You can’t get there from here. And you NEVER will!”
Read Pagán's heartfelt letter in full, here.