Street Life

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 8:04pm

When I walked out of the Jackson Heights subway station in Queens, I could have been walking out of a metro station in Delhi or Mumbai or Chennai. Everyone around me was Brown, storefronts all around selling samosas, chaat and chai. It felt like home. It made me realize how empowering it is to be surrounded by people who look like you, something so many white people take for granted. Two of these photos show the predominantly South Asian area in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York; two of these photos are from the streets of Kochi, a city in my dad’s home state of Kerala in South India. To me, it is comforting how immigrant communities are able to recreate their homes wherever they settle. In the moment, sipping my chai and listening to all of the different languages being spoken around me, I was grateful to be there.

 

In front of the subway station, uncles drinking chai and discussing life.

In front of the subway station, uncles drinking chai and discussing life. Buy this photo
Danyel Tharakan
 

Uncles drinking tea and discussing life at the aptly named Diversity Plaza in Queens, New York

Uncles drinking tea and discussing life at the aptly named Diversity Plaza in Queens, New York Buy this photo
Danyel Tharakan
 

A man carrying produce on the main shopping street in Ernakulam, Kerala, India

A man carrying produce on the main shopping street in Ernakulam, Kerala, India Buy this photo
Danyel Tharakan
 

A clothing shop in Kolenchery, Kerala, India

A clothing shop in Kolenchery, Kerala, India Buy this photo
Danyel Tharakan