When I first moved to Buffalo for my MFA in photography in 2000, I spent a lot of time photographing all over the city for a project I was working on about abandoned toys. I found plenty of subjects for my project on Buffalo’s run down East Side and I became very familiar with the area.
Recently, when I saw a facebook invite from David Torke, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in his September edition of Tour de Neglect. David is a Buffalo photographer, blogger and community activist whose efforts to bring much needed love and attention to the East Side have been getting some impressive press lately. I’d read about past tours in various local publications and I was excited to get involved.
David’s efforts were recently featured in the Guardian and I am honored to have a couple of snaps I took on that ride included in the article by Ethan Powers.
Here’s a link to the article – The Tour de Neglect: a cycle ride through Buffalo’s deprived East Side.