This is what Steve Siegel had to say about a set of photographs he published on Flickr that depicted the streets of New York in the 1980s:
I’ve been photographing the streets and subways of New York for the past 30 years. When young people today look at my shots from the 1980’s, they are aghast. To them, New York of the 1980’s is almost unrecognizable. And they are right.
Talk about having preserved time and setting it free several years later. Without getting too overemotional about the entire craft of photography, the reason I love it so much is because of the incredible sights one has the opportunity to capture as we move through life. I often daydream and formulate this snapshot in my head where 20 years from now I’m sitting on a comfy couch under dim light with my adult son as I speak to him about the unsalaried hours I put into photographing people on the streets.
What are the streets of New York going to look like 20 or 30 years from now? I certainly don’t know but the least I feel I could do is capture a slice of what I think are the most important components of a society as whole which are the people.
I was in route to Jackson Heights to do a bit of photographing when I pulled over after having noticed a mom and her children cooling off in a pool they had set up on the sidewalk adjacent to the spewing fire hydrant. The image seemed both fun and soothing against the backdrop of a dry humid and sticky weather we had been experiencing on this particular Sunday.