In early 2020, New York became one of the pandemic’s hotspots. The theatre on the city’s sidewalks shut down. The soundtrack of honking cars, people chatting, shouting, screaming, are all replaced by the sound of sirens and the howling wind in the cold and empty canyons of Manhattan.
Throughout the weirdest of all summers, «Lost Summer» is a series of photographs documenting life during the pandemic in the neighbourhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, close to the East River waterfront. The slivers of nature, the calmness of the water, and the magical sunsets over the New York City skyline have developed an irresistible attraction to those living in the neighbourhood.
The process has been personal, almost meditative. The daily routine of leaving the house, and watching other people (at a safe distance), has helped the community to persevere during this challenging period. «Lost Summer» is a reflection on all that we have missed out on this summer, but also a reminder that not all is bleak. There is hope and beauty to be found even in the most tragic of times.
Mathias Wasik is a German photographer who came to New York City from Berlin in 2015, intrigued by the city’s restless concrete jungle. As a photographer, New York seemed like a paradise of possibilities—a playground with endless motives, full of diverse and fascinating characters, and a paradoxical concoction of colours, cultures, and people. He developed a range of new approaches to his work by experimenting, and by learning from other photographers—some being new friends, some being wanderers of the streets decades before. He is a board member of the New York City Street Photographer Collective (NYCSPC), a collective dedicated to creating and sharing the art of capturing life in public spaces.
In 2020, he swapped his digital camera with a medium format film camera, and embarked on a journey to document the peculiarity of the delicate moment we are all living.