Photo Essay

The Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry entrance

The Staten Island Ferry began operation in 1817. It runs from St. George, Staten Island to The battery in Lower Manhattan. Back and forth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, transporting approximately 75,000 passengers per day. The ferry is free of charge so it is traveled by commuters who are from all walks of life. I am one of these passengers and these photographs illustrate what I see, or more accurately what I'm offering to show you.

I have always been interested in people watching. I like to analyze others and try to understand them, or what it might be like to step into their shoes and have a glimpse into what their world is like. There is a diverse range of people who commute on the ferry including doctors, lawyers, city workers, students, tourists, the homeless and those who are just looking for a short romantic journey.

I became interested in making photographs on the ferry because it is an integral part of my life. I am of the many passengers who float across the New York harbor to reach my destination. My school is my destination, a place where I focus on my dreams and share common interests with my peers. A place to talk about art and create relationships. Although not all of our destinations are the same, we share this time together. Some use this time to read a book or catch up on lost sleep while for others its an adventure.

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3 responses

  • Kyle Eugene

    Kyle Eugene said (8 Feb 2013):

    Love the seat colors!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (10 Feb 2013):

    Excellent. I used to live on Staten Island and spent many hours on those ferries. Well done.

  • Michael Veith

    Michael Veith said (18 Feb 2013):

    What an excellent photo essay! Well done!

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