As a child in the sixties and a teen in the seventies Charles Chessler never went into Central Park. In his late twenties and early thirties he did a lot of cycling and rode around the Park more times than he could possibly remember. But, still, he never really went into the Park. 

Visiting his father at Mount Sinai, which is on the East side of Central Park, on Fifth Avenue in the low 100’s, while he was living on the West side of the Park, on 106th Street, he started walking through the park. This is but one of the many gorgeous images of Central Park through Charles’ eyes and lens.

Charles said, “Carrying a camera makes me feel more connected to the world around me. More present. More in the moment.”

He is also an amazing portrait photographer as seen in these images of Jamel Lewis and Sarah J. Ahearn and this sweet little mermaid at the 2019 Coney Island Mermaid parade.


Another passion is his social commentary and bringing awareness to the world around us.