Like a lot of New Yorkers, I was born elsewhere but drawn here with a hunger for difference. For the first few years I only saw the city from my East Village vantage point, but when I moved to Brooklyn and began commuting daily on the subway, a greater New York opened up for me. Inspired by Walker Evan’s 1930s photos of New York City subway passengers, I began photographing a series called “Fellow Travelers.” Over the past year, thinking of the city’s Dutch roots, I started placing my photos onto ceramic tiles in reference to Delft tiles from the 17th-century Netherlands. Delft tiles, with their distinctive blue glaze on white background, a circular center, and decorative “dingbats” in the corners, often featured images of people from all walks of life, as well as from fantasy — from farmers to mermaids. I wanted to similarly reflect the rich and exciting diversity of New York City and its people.

New-Delft-Fellow-Travelers-togetherPhoto credit for still life with tiles: Joyce George