To Remember: To be able to bring one's mind an awareness of (something or someone from the past)

I have always had a fascination with photography because of how well it engages our memory. Documentation of our lives can function as a vessel to help us recollect our past.

Ever since I was young, I had an investment in memorializing my close relationships. A camera encourages the opportunity to connect with other people, whether they be best friends or complete strangers. I noticed that friendship becomes effortless and unique when we share a creative experience together. 

Most of the photos in this collection show the intricate work of the adventurous NYC queer community. I was first introduced to the scene in 2016, and I am still constantly inspired by everyone's individuality. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many talented artists, musicians, and performers.

"Oh, if life were made of moments

Even now and then a bad one!

But if life were only moments

Then you'd never know you had one"

                   -Stephen Sondheim

Photography offers the chance to truly examine what it is about our lives that I find so provoking. A moment can only last so long, but an image remains forever. Here, I can extend my lens and share the moments I have captured.

Mike Sullivan