photographing the beautiful faces of new york

"New York is... spontaneous and unpredictable. I never know what to anticipate."

by i-D Staff; photos by Lotte van Raalte
02 February 2018, 8:00am

Saidou, 24, actor

New York is... The city that never sleeps. For real, it reflects on you as well -- your hours of sleep can be very limited sometime. What do you think will bring happiness to the world? When it comes to happiness I think balance is everything. Two people: a self-centred person and an altruistic person. The person in between is the answer.

Dante, 21, rock climber, musician, stylist, bartender, and stick ‘n poke artist

New York is... In New York you are treading in a sea of many fish. As long as you can keep your head above water, you will never go hungry. What's your vision for a better future? A better future would be one where people donʼt hesitate to help one another. One not driven by personal gain, but instead by collective consciousness.

Tess, 18

New York is... Exhausting but exhilarating. What do you think will bring happiness to the world? More love, less fear. What’s the most creative thing you’ve done recently? I love to draw, and I just finished up a little collection of portraits of my friends and family that I made using markers!


Kemi, 21, international business and marketing student and part-time model

New York is... Spontaneous and unpredictable. Personally, I never know what to anticipate -- it's either super dull for me or full of excitement. Definitely full of opportunity! If you could ask one question and get it answered what would you ask? If we all know right from wrong, good from evil -- why do people choose to do evil?

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