Wallflowers is a coffee table book meant to spark conversations around the value of undocumented immigrants to our society.
Despite the controversy around their status, New York City is home to an estimated 750,000 undocumented immigrants. These neighbors often go overlooked as they make a life for themselves and their families. Wallflowers is a platform for telling the stories of refugees and migrants in their own words.
Wallflowers was inspired by the psychological phenomenon, preidolia, which is when the mind perceives familiar patterns such as faces, animals, or objects in random texture or arrangement of objects (think, the Man in the Moon, or Jesus on toast). Upon first glance, the imagery in the book appears to merely show walls and building facades from around New York City, but as the reader spends time with the story, a portrait of that spread's author begins to develop. Wallflowers utilizes UV reactive inks to create the illusion of undocumented immigrants emerging from the shadows and into the light.