Picturing Sunset Park: After Sunset by Photographer Evan Sklar

Video Arcade, 2009. By Evan Sklar.

Brooklyn-based photographer Evan Sklar went shooting in Sunset Park this weekend, and caught this video-arcade patron doing the same.

The short series “Sunset Park After Sunset” captures the color of the neighborhood, as in the vibrant yellow awning of the 24-hour video store.

Sklar’s photographs here are quiet–the shades pop but the framing emphasizes the remove of an observer. He keeps his distance, letting us look, but not quite letting us in. The only faces featured in this series are those of Tom and Jerry on a coin-operated ride. They come to life, while the batter in the background cage feels frozen, statue-like. Orange echos line the image, lending satisfying heft.

Sklar has published work in The New York Times Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, GQ and the now-shuttered Gourmet, among others. See more of his work on his website.

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