The Photographic Journal

Danielle on Washington Square

Essay 210 • Oct 20th 2017

Washington Square Park in New York City is often associated with its eccentric energy and its overpowering liveliness- music, dancing, and crowds of people. While growing up right next to this park, I often experienced a different side of it: one of peace, solitude, and personal comfort. I worked with the incredible model Danielle Mareka to evoke this ethereal feeling, accenting the unnoticed beauty in the details of this iconic park. She exuded grace and independence, perfectly complementing the romanticization of the park I aimed to reveal through photography.


Zayira Ray is a 17-year-old self-taught photographer based in New York City. Over the past three years of shooting, she has expanded her work into primarily portrait and fashion photography. She focuses on using stylistic and thematic concepts to push boundaries of femininity, beauty, and the human character.

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