Brighton Beach Bliss:
The World as it Should Be
Marcia Grostein Brighton Beach Bliss: The World as it Should Be
Stands as a testament of harmonious coexistence between diverse populations. Comprised of intimate yet unabashed beachgoer portraits, the series reveals a rare intermingling of races, religions, relationships, and body types that characterizes the ocean-side community of Brighton Beach.
The synagogue singer
Grostein’s raw shots
taken over the course of decades – offer viewers a glimpse of these multigenerational migrations, which have merged into a single, uniquely globalized locale. While the beach-goers are immersed in their own activities, they also partake in the broader activity of community-building, simply by way of their proximity to one another.
Vignettes – characterized by mutual respect between the photographer and protagonists – depict interactions that are harmonious, warm, or meditative, with all inhabitants seeking a distinct form of rejuvenation by the sea shore. Adolescents make memories that will last well into adulthood and the aging carry on with habits formed over a lifetime.
While the individual photos stand as strong images of interpersonal respect and self-care, the series as a whole conflates distinct fields of anthropological investigation – asking us to consider how diverse biologies, cultures, and linguistics can together enact a unified present.
this amazingly diverse microcosm with an air of pride and hope. Through her careful documentation of these heartening realities, it is suggested that all inclusive environments have the potential for worldwide replication.
Not for the public
In the Brighton Beach Bliss series
perfection is not defined by a single perfectly proportioned body; rather, Grostein asks us to find beauty that can be found in the human gaze, and in a mutual desire to act together within natural and built environments. The inhabitants of Brighton Beach demonstrate what it means to slough social, political, and cultural stigmas in favor of respect and understanding.
$$$ don't hear, don't see, don't speak