Bowling Green (4/5)

The Changing Landscape

Stephen Obisanya
Black and white photography by Stephen Obisanya featuring transportation centers around Staten Island and connecting NYCT train stations, including local commuters.
"The Changing Landscape” (2022) by Stephen Obisanya at Bowling Green. Photo: Stephen Obisanya

About the project

“The Changing Landscape,” Stephen Obisanya’s photography exhibition installed at Bowling Green, presents a selection of photographs capturing Staten Island's North Shore, a de facto frontier for the reimagination of downtown life on Staten Island. As stated by Obisanya, “From ongoing urban redevelopment projects along the waterfront to ambitious but failed projects such as the New York Wheel, the past decade has been a period of pivotal change.” Obisanya, a Staten Island-based documentary photographer, captures the complexities of transformation through his 35mm film black and white photographs. The images reflect the everyday commute on the Staten Island Ferry, the changing landscapes along the waterfront, and the intimate and impactful stories of Staten Island residents.

This exhibition was generously sponsored by Griffin Editions and Kodak Professional.
 

About the artist

Stephen Obisanya is a documentary photographer born in Nigeria and raised in New York City. His work is heavily rooted in exploring the many facets of human character, connection, and condition, finding the throughline across cultures, socioeconomics, politics, religion, and more. "I want to put a lens onto the stories that deeply challenge our worldview and beckon people to re-examine seemingly familiar matters in a new light," he said. "That's what photojournalism should do." Obisanya's work has been featured in exhibitions with organizations such as the Public Art Fund, NYCgo, Photoville, Staten Island Arts, and more. He works independently, as well as on a commission basis with organizations and publications who are committed to investigative journalism.