Wayne’s World

I recently came across Brooklyn-based photographer Wayne Lawrence‘s work courtesy of my daily trawl of the Mail Online (I know, the shame), but lucky I did, because I think his work is pretty awesome.

In his latest series and book, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera, award-winning Lawrence documents the grim-yet-glamorous Orchard Beach, a man-made ‘retreat’ frequently referred to as ‘New York’s worst’. But for those who frequent its wave-less shores, it’s one of the best things about summer.

Wayne Lawrence, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera

Wayne Lawrence, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera

Highlighting the diversity of its revelers,  Lawrence records gang members being dad, playing with their children; women in (surely illegally) small bathing suits, and the attitude they all exude – Lawrence drawn to those who are thoroughly sure of themselves on this notorious ‘hood beach’.

Wayne Lawrence, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera

Wayne Lawrence, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera

Wayne Lawrence, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera

Wayne Lawrence, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera

All photos are by Wayne Lawrence who is represented by Institute

Buy Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera by Wayne Lawrence from Amazon

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