When Asher began his personal vision project, it was a visual comparison between two cities - his hometown of New York and Berlin, where he was for part of the COVID-19 quarantine. As time went on, he started to find more and more similarities between the two places. At first he chalked this up to something trivial: similar architectural features experiencing similar decay over time. However, as the project has evolved, Asher has begun exploring what really connects the two cities - the person experiencing them. Nearly every city worldwide has evolved to look somewhat similar - their “building block” shapes are universal, but not everyone sees them the same way. New York and Berlin are similar at their core, but it’s the people in them that make them so unique. It’s as such that this project is a sort of window into Asher’s relationship with these cities; these photos, a documentation of what stands out to him in an urban environment and the connections he makes between scenes.
Asher Weintraub is a seventeen year old artist from New York City and a student in the International Center of Photography’s Teen Academy Imagemakers program. Asher became disillusioned with the traditional school system during his freshman year of high school and left to teach himself and focus on his hobbies. His primary medium is photography, but he also works in web design and video and is interested in sculpture. Asher uses his art as an introspective look at thoughts, dreams, and relationships, whether they concern people, places, or things. While he mostly shoots on 35mm and medium format film, he’s been spending more time working digitally during the COVID-19 pandemic. Asher is inspired by filmmakers like Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick - particularly Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey - for their direct cinematography and striking colors. While his most personal work is made in the city, Asher always brings a camera on his travels.