Looking through the New York Diary seies of Marisa Chafetz is raw, intimate and powerful —- almost as if you’re prying back a private curtain. The images are playful, reminiscent of youthful films. Don’t we all occasionally wish we could hop back to summer vacation when work was something that only happened nine months out of the year?

Chafetz shares those moments in an illustration of real life during the collegiate years. Wide smiles and stripped down bodies, the photographs are made even more authentic by bold color schemes and grainy film quality. There is nothing unreal or forced; these could be your memories or your friends’ or friends of friends’ memories. It is familiar and evocative, beautiful and sad… a genuine portrait of life as a young human in New York.

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All images provided by the artist.