In the summer months, annual block parties spread out across the five boroughs of the city. The air is rich with the scent of charcoal smoke and grilled foods, the doppler effect in play as a cacophony of music, voices, and laughter refract in the open spaces between buildings block after block. Adults convene around stoops and grills with lawn chairs and beverages in tow. Kids gleefully run up and down the street, lobbing water balloons, dueling with water guns, and frolicking through the stream of opened fire hydrants. This year when I got out to photograph the goings-on in my immediate community, I chose to focus on the kids of Harman Street in Ridgewood, Queens. In an effort to simply observe, I refrained from asking anyone to stop and pose for portraits. The 20 frames shown here are an authentic look at the youthful jubilation of being a kid in the summer.
Aaron DuRall is a portrait and documentary photographer who currently resides in Queens, NY. After splitting the bulk of his formative years between his native Joplin, Missouri, and a post-divorce second home of Houston, Texas, Aaron sought to take his interest in collecting visual souvenirs to New York City.
As a dyed-in-the-wool Midwesterner with a touch of southern affection, Aaron holds a deep affinity for the average and banal often found in the minutia of regular, everyday life. Having grown up firmly fixed in Missouri’s lower class, Aaron’s attention is often pointed toward that of his social and economic peers and their environments. While Aaron’s photographic interests are vast, including a specific emphasis in editorial and environmental portraiture, his strongest commitment lies in collecting honest moments of life in a relatable way.
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