I'm Jason (or maybe Jay if you know me). I live in Providence, Rhode Island and Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York. Your Hang-Ups Follow You Like Shadows is my first book.

I made the photographs in Lisbon last year. As I passed solitary people on the street I began to wonder what they were thinking about, on what reverie they drifted, who they were missing, what secret they were keeping… What were their hang-ups? I thought about objects and places, and the meanings and memories that people assign to them. And then I sought to make photos around the city that captured this longing, this loneliness, these mental and emotional obstacles and associations that most likely are never told, let alone understood by others.

In retrospect, I understood that I was also addressing my own solitude and hang-ups. By photographing these subjects, I endeavored to make personal connections with them, from a distance, through a lens.