My series “Coney Island: A Beach At The End Of Time” explores the famed New York urban beach in gritty, grainy, high-contrast monochrome. The choice to work in this rough black and white style was deliberate—I wanted to covey the idea of the resort as a theme park at the end of its glory; the end of its time.

Coney Island is a weathered place full of hardened people. In many ways, Coney Island is a little glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world, right here in the heart of the what is supposed to be the greatest city on earth.

—Michael Ernest Sweet