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Shawn Escoffery is a Brooklyn New York based photographer who uses his passion for life and the built environment to uncover beauty in images of every day life often overlooked. From a child gently kissing a father’s cheek showing affection on a crowded subway train, to the worn expressionless face of one of New York’s homeless or simple architecture, Escoffery seeks to capture the unseen and open new worlds to the viewers of his work. With a Masters degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Escoffery has spent the last ten years working in urban and distressed areas across the country trying to make improvements to the physical landscape and helping the people who live in these areas move towards self-sufficiency. His commitment to this sector has manifested in some of his recent photo essays as he explores combining social advocacy with photography. “Lives Forgotten” is a ongoing series on homelessness where he Escoffery volunteers with The New Life Project, a New York based homeless advocacy organization, shooting images of the homeless for fundraisers and the agency’s publication. His “Lost Innocence” series explores the world of children born into poverty with images of children playing in the streets unaware of the despair and decay of their surroundings. Escoffery’s most recent series “One Year Later: New Orleans” documents the devastation left by one of the countries greatest natural disasters. Worn streetscapes dotted with empty foundations, mountains of debris, dilapidated houses and dreams washed away in a storm, Escoffery’s images of New Orleans show the realness of a true tragedy. A well traveled individual, Escoffery hopes to share some of the sights, smells and feelings he has encountered throughout his many trips domestically and internationally. He aims to allow the viewer to step into the picture and become part of that moment – to feel the mood expressed in a subjects eyes or the sadness painted by light and shadows. Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Japan, Australia, France, and China are a few of the international back drops in many of Escoffery’s work. He has spent extensive time in Japan and his fascination with the country and Asia in general has produced a continuously growing body of work entitled, “Unmette shinjiur?” where he captures all aspects of life in Japan from populous cities like Tokyo to rural rice filed villages in southern Kyushu. Shawn Escoffery holds bachelor degrees in English Literature and Political Science from Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a certificate in international development and communications from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He continues to work with community groups and volunteers at a number of community based organizations aimed at improving the lives of inner-city residents. His work has been exhibited in several galleries in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, San Francisco and Massachusetts. Shawn shoots with passion and intensity – this energy is brought to all of his projects as he hopes to produce intriguing images that provoke lasting discussions.

Scarecrow

Day 404-408Day 405 (February 9, 2015)

I think this is the 6th day that I’ve seen this guy sitting in there trying to stay warm. The winter streets are brutal. The underground provides some semblance of solace on bitter cold evenings. I’ve never seen him move. He is bundled up head to toe…with crumpled newspapers providing added insulation. I’m sure I’ll see him tomorrow. He’s the subway’s scarecrow sitting in place observing the sea of daily commuters that pass him by.

When Bubbles Attack

Day 404-408_17Day 404 (February 8, 2015) – New York, NY

So, I’m walking down the street just minding my own business….and then this happens. I giant bubble just appears out of nowhere and it means business. It chased the couple in the image for a few yards before turning its attention to a group of unsuspecting tourist. And just when the group was marveling at it’s beauty and rainbow colors…… POP! The group was covered by a soapy liquid mixture. The smiles on their faces instantly turned to frowns…..then a tinge of anger.  This kinda reminds me of old New York when you always had to be on your toes and time when something could jump off at any moment.  Welcome to the Big Apple! Our bubbles are even gangsta!

A Bag of Money

Day 403 webDay 403 (February 7, 2015) – New York, NY

This is my favorite bench in New York City. Every time see someone sitting next to the little guy hold in a bag of money I smile and laugh inside. It’s a Tom Otterness bronze sculpture….and I love it!

Cold Smoke

Day 402Day 401 (February 5, 2015) – New York, NY

I watched him struggle to light a match. His hands were shivering. Maybe it was the cold. Or maybe it was the drink. His face was worn and leathery. The wrinkles and fold told a story of street life or maybe just the harshness of his reality. He exhaled into the winter air and rejoiced in a simple moment of solitude.

Sleep Before the Day Starts

Day 399 BW wbDay 399 (February 3, 2015) – New York, NY

Even on crowded subways, some Ne wYorkers find the time to get a little shut-eye. When you have a long day of hard work ahead of you, I guess every bit of sleep you can get counts.