The invitation to submit a proposal for Peekskill Project V, run by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, asked for re-interpretations of the Hudson Valley in contemporary terms. In an exploratory visit to Peekskill I was immediately intrigued: a diverse but compact community closely linked to the New York City metropolis, an impressive and rugged location on the Hudson River, a post-industrial town with a long, sometimes difficult history, and a vibrant art community. I found myself curious about what it is like to live there. So I decided to ask some people who do.
In a series of visits I recorded audio interviews with residents, who I mostly encountered at random in parks, downtown, and on residential streets. After the interview I took a photograph of each participant or group.