Portraits at the YAI House for Developmentally Disabled Senior Citizens

Several weeks ago I found myself on assignment at the YAI house for developmentally disabled senior citizens in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Apparently, the recently opened facility used to be a convent, and when the leadership of the church realized that they only had two sisters living in the huge building, they decided to see if they could make some other use of the facility. In comes YAI and it was a match made in heaven (pardon the pun). It was a fantastic story I got to work on, and I had great access to the facility, shooting whatever candid photos I wanted to. While it was a really great story, and made for great candid images, what I found to be much more interesting were the amazing residents of the facility… truly wonderful people. I arranged to come back a few weeks later to work on a portrait project, and here are the results. I want to say a special thank you to my colleague Pearl Gabel who helped me out on the shoot. Her gentle way with the people really made for a great day for us all. I couldn’t have done it without her. Enjoy!