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Paradox of Choice | Johnny Tang Photo
Three lines of Asian men in black and white suits walking towards the Manhattan bridge in DUMBO.

Paradox of Choice

2013

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

– Soren Kierkegaard

This is probably one of the most photographed areas of Brooklyn; in fact, if you look at it on Google street view, you can see a whole gallery of images from people who submitted their own shots of the intersection at Washington and Water Street. It was extraordinarily difficult to get a clean shot of the background, as there was a constant stream of tourists walking into my frame. There even was an Asian couple that was literally in 3/4 of my shots, who I’ve magically erased with Photoshop.

For me, this image illustrates my search for success. I keep trying to walk forward, but I can’t help but look back. It doesn’t matter which side path I choose, they all seem to head towards the same final destination. While there are rays of hope here and there, for the most part I still have to walk through the darkness to get to where I’m going.

This image is currently available as a fine art print in my ART SHOP, or via Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston.

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