The Great Divide

New York City has always been a place of contrast and struggle. The gap between the privileged rich and the dirt poor has never been wider. Emphasized this week by the rolling, opulent bandwagon that is NY Fashion Week. A heady, shimmering display of extravagance and indulgence. As a photographer at the event, I guess I am part of it. Helping to feed and perpetuate this glittering circus and earn a living along the way. All of the images below are mine but I think the last one puts the whole thing into perspective.

Pamella Rowland

Designer: Pamella Rowland

Maison de Urbana

Designer: Maison de Urbana

Venexiana

Designer: Venexiana

Monique Lhuillier

Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Street

On the outside and just below freezing

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44 thoughts on “The Great Divide

  1. Your photography is extraordinary, and your choices profound.I keep returning to see the set of images as you’ve posted them. At the end, my response remains the same – a soft sad murmur “oh God.” And thank you for your visit to my humble abode.

  2. Unfortunately some of the models are just as thin as the shot of the last woman! Its a world wide problem (poverty), but we ARE gaining a collective consciousness about having and not having. Perhaps the upshot of all this consumerism (high fashion) is the fact that we are indeed making more informed decisions about whether or not we purchase “luxury” goods we do not need. The wheel that makes the west go around (consumerism) may very well be our downfall. We are all the same inside – the difference with these photos is that the models inside are warm and comfortable (and wealthy), whereas the street woman is cold and uncomfortable. So when are we all going to do something about this inequity and imbalance in society people? I hope you left her a big fat tip for the photograph?
    PS: I still love fashion because it is art, but you always provoke a conundrum with your work – well done, brilliant shots.

    • Some great points you make. I agree, consumerism could be the downfall of us all. I guess it plays its part in keeping people employed and therefore above the poverty line. A double edged sword?

  3. All absolutely beautiful shots Anton. As a woman, I feel for them all; each and every one them at the mercy of power, wealth, youth, fading beauty and doing their best to support themselves. I honestly don’t know what the answer is . . .

  4. Hi Anton, it’s good to see you back! Striking and poignant. Stunning fashion photos and yes your last photo of the homeless woman put every thing back in perspective. You are their voice.
    groetjes, Francina

    • Thank you Francina, As the temperature rises there are more and more homeless people out on the streets of New Your. So the ‘voice’ will be getting a little louder in the coming months.

  5. Cities really do illustrate the great divide so well, don’t they? I live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and it is just as obvious here as in any other city I have lived/visited. Thank you for sharing this well told visual story with us.

    • I understand that there are over 1 million homeless people living on the streets of Addis Ababa (New York City has around 50,000). A shocking statistic and one that is mirrored in every city across the globe. Politicians will continue to ignore this growing problem while they are supported by the indifference of their voters until they are affected by it themselves. Only then will they demand action. Unfortunately it is and always will be a case of the blind shouting in the general direction of the deaf. Thank you very much for your comment.

  6. As another of the minions who follow and document Fashion Week, I find this dose of reality so poignant. Thank you for the beautiful photos, and the one terrible one that keeps us grounded. Welcome back, Lust & Rum, you have been missed.

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