CESAR MELGAR (b.1986)
The dedication for making images began in my working class neighborhood, nestled between The Ironbound and Downtown, in the heart of Newark, New Jersey. Initially, I was drawn to photographing my friends and I, but as a result of skyrocketing rents in NYC, Newark is in line to undergo major corporate reinvestment. With this in mind I turned my lens onto the city's landscape, its objects, and its people, with the concept that the city is going to look drastically different soon. I find therapy in wandering the streets in my home city and beyond, and being equipped with a camera gives me a tool in which to express the way I take in the world.