At the early stage of my photographic development, I wanted to improve my skills as a photographer and Prospect Park with its five hundred and eighty-five acres, became the ideal place for me to practice. So, for the past 41 years I have devoted a substantial amount of time photographing various aspects of the park. Armed with my Canon AE1 35 mm, loaded with black & white film, I started photographing the vast landscape and as my skills improved, I started making environmental portraits of people I would meet along the way, using a combination of color & black & white film.
To date, I have photographed a number of locations during my career as a phtographer, but I can honestly say that my work centered on Prospect Park is both my largest and one of my very favorite series.
— Jamel Shabazz