Michael Markham, NYC Cacophony

INDEX (links to pages)

The Statue of Liberty goes home to Brooklyn

How much for that hat?

Late at night, the light is still on

I ♡ NY

Minestrone soup

Immigration Samba

From Brooklyn, with Love

Everyone here has your face

The Hard Rock Café

The pretzel vendor

The mannequin

Polis / Police



The god of small things spoke today


What was that you said?

Hiding my smile

Autumn walk


In the city with tired bones

The Black Sea is green today

Get it while it lasts

This is an ongoing project.
Pages will be added as the project proceeds.

Poems © Claudia Serea
Photographs © Michael Markham

Poems by Claudia Serea

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in Field, New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, Apple Valley Review, among others. A four-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervena Barva Press, 2015) and Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, forthcoming). Serea co-hosts The Williams Readings poetry series in Rutherford, NJ. She is the founding editor of National Translation Month. More at cserea.tumblr.com.

Photographs by Michael Markham

Michael Markham was born in England, raised in Canada and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He is a multi-faceted artist working in a variety of media. He has exhibited in Europe, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S.A. He also writes poetry and is an active musician. More at mmarkham.com.

"These photographs are taken on film as multiple exposures on a single frame. The idea is to capture something of the cacophony — the noise, the clutter, the energy — of New York City. Apart from some minor adjustments there has been no further layering or digital manipulation (the exception being the title banner on this page which splices two frames). Being a fan of Claudia Serea's poetry I asked her if she'd be interested in riffing off a set of these photos and was delighted when she agreed to do so. As we progress I find myself feeding off the poems by looking for the kinds of themes and imagery I know she finds compelling".