East Williamsburg, Brooklyn —my home for the past two years— isn’t all gentrification and vintage stores. There’s a thriving Italian community keeping “old country” traditions alive. Beginning in July, I started documenting the East Williamsburg Italian community at the start of The Giglio Feast, a Catholic festival, that honors the patron Saint, San Paolino. The East Williamsburg celebration was brought by Italian immigrants from Nola, a small town in southern Italy, near Naples, over a hundred years ago.
Despite the celebration ending, I have continued to document the daily life of the Italians in East Williamsburg who have lived here for decades watching their neighborhood undergo substantial changes.
These are the first shots of my ongoing project.