CESAR MELGAR (b.1986)
My love for making images began in my working class neighborhood, nestled between The Ironbound and Downtown, in the heart of Newark, New Jersey. Friends from the block and I discovered and squatted in an abandoned, yet fully functioning warehouse for a couple of years, creating, partying, and skateboarding. The fact that this abandoned warehouse existed was due to the fact that our community, as a result of skyrocketing rents in NYC, was going to undergo major corporate reinvestment a few years down the line. From there I turned my lens onto Newark's landscape, its objects, and its people, with the idea that the city is going to look drastically different soon. Prowling the streets is therapeutic to me, and being equipped with a camera gives me a tool in which to express the way I take in the world.