While New York may not be the same glittering environment of Patti Smith’s or Andy Warhol’s times, there’s no doubting that it is still a massive mecca for creativity and experimentation. Instead of toting around leather-bound notebooks, guitars, and paintbrushes, the city’s young creative scene is exploring new interpretations and forms of art in the moment, and documenting it all on social media. And while Instagram stars are essentially a dime a dozen these days, it’s always easy to tell when there’s something other than another pretty face and filter.
For her latest photo series, budding photographer Maya McHenry documented and interviewed the new generation of young creatives, who are all social media celebs in their own right. While the group of socialites, entrepreneurs, models, and artists all share some strong tie to a big name (many are children of celebrities), they’re all forging their own identities through new art forms.
“I wanted to capture everyone’s art and personalities through the photos so I incorporated their own styling and props that are personal to them,” McHenry, who is currently studying at Parsons School of Design and will appear on the new upcoming reality show EJ and the City on E!, says. “I shot them all in black-and-white, and they’re shot like yearbook photos to be more relatable to the young generation.”