Off and on over the past year, New York-based photographer Michael Turek has been working on a project about some unusual people who live among us — those who wear watches on the inside of their wrists.
“It started one day when I and a friend of mine were getting coffee, and I noticed the barista was wearing her watch that way,” Turek says. “I started asking her all sorts of questions about why she did it. My friend, who’s an industrial designer and is constantly thinking about how people use products, was also interested. So we’re doing the project together. We basically find people on the street in New York. He interviews them about why they wear their watches like that, and I photograph them.”
Turek works on the project between assignments for magazines — his travel and lifestyle photography has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Dwell, Architectural Digest, Departures, and Men’s Journal — and jobs for commercial clients, including British Airways and COMO Hotels. He has other sideline series going on at the same time, and, curiously, when he describes them you realize they often seem to focus on people who do things differently. He’s been working on a long-range project, for instance, on the phenomenon of “dark tourism” — pricey guided excursions to places associated with death and disaster.
August 30, 2016