I shot the first image in this series several years ago while visiting the UK. The penetrating stare of the figure caught my attention and I captured it for no other reason at the time. The picture lay dormant on my Mac until, in a recent trip back to the UK, I found myself face-to-face with another subject that showed the same intensity gazing at the world outside.

From that moment on, I’ve been scouting NY neighborhoods in search of opportunities to capture hints of humanity in the lifeless figures that adorn window displays.

Their longing faces trapped behind thick glass appear to be transfixed by the sight of the world outside. To me, the images evoke a sense of loneliness, boredom and hope.

The cinematic format frames the figures like characters in a story we are invited to imagine; while the glass reflections of our world challenge us to find a role for ourselves in these very stories.