When one hears the phrase “urban community,” beautiful landscaping rarely comes to mind. In the 1970s, the landscaping of The Bronx was crumbling, and its buildings abandoned. Two decades had passed before money was invested into the Bronx’s infrastructure, before it started to look like a place where people might want to live.
As a child growing up in The Bronx, Chandra Moore found a kingdom of things to consider beautiful, such as the colors of dirt and the shape of a tree trunk. Mankind likes to see things in neat little packages. Sometimes, nature plays nice and works with mankind through such lovely colors and patterns. Other times, nature is wild and finds its own way to express itself–pushing through the immovable layers of cement, bricks and tar.
Like most children, Chandra often looked at the clouds and saw patterns; she also saw them in dirt, flowers, and trees. As a teenager, Chandra took a course in photography at a youth center called The Door in Chelsea. As she grew older, Chandra, like so many, was encouraged to turn away from the arts and seek “more security in the world.” For a time, Chandra abandoned the idea of being an artist, focusing instead on her secretarial work.
In 2006 Chandra returned to school to finish her B.A. During her last semester of undergraduate work, Chandra took a course in photography, reigniting her passions. More than anything, Chandra’s photos showcase the patterns of The Bronx and its many textures.