By Sara Urbaez
For some in New York City, voting in yesterdayâ€™s midterm elections was no easy feat. Big lines, rain, an unusually long ballotâ€”from Chelsea to Park Slope, the cityâ€™s residents faced more than the usual hurdles in placing their votes.
But New Yorkers, like many Americans across the country who hit the polls yesterday, are resilient. They stood in lines, dealt with ballot-scanning machine issues, and patiently waited to cast their votes, even as things ground to a halt in some neighborhoods. Natan Dvir caught that diligence in-person. The photographer spent his day yesterday on the Upper West Side capturing images of different polling stations for his series On Line, which â€œexplores the cultural phenomena of standing in line.â€�
The resulting photographs, like those above, encapsulate New Yorkersâ€™ persistence in the face of the elements and exhibit the power present in the mundane act of waiting to cast their ballots. “It was amazing to see how many people came to vote in spite of the bad weather,” Dvir says. “The feeling was people did come to make a point. People made it their business to come stand in line until they actually casted their vote.”
The photographer’s images, in turn, show the beauty in those moments, the stillness amongst an otherwise tense atmosphere. Dvir arranges his images as wide tableau, signaling to the viewer the spectrum of personal narratives united by a common cause: American democracy.
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