City Landscapes 2014/2015 - is a continuation of my ongoing project situated between social documentary photography and street photography. The pictures were taken from 90’ of the past century till today in different cities in Europe — Rome, Paris, Cracow, Bruxelles, Antwerp, Palermo, Vienna, Padova, etc. My idea is to build an imaginary picture of a modern city — not a specific one — but, using a title of a famous book written by Italo Calvino — an “Invisible City”:
“You recognize cities better on the atlas than when you visit them in person,” the emperor says to Marco, snapping the volume shut. And Polo answers: Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.”
“Kublai Khan had noticed that Marco Polo’s cities resembled one another, as if the passage from one to another involved not a journey but a change of elements. Now, from each city Marco described to him, the Great Khan’s mind set out on its own, and after dismantling the city piece by piece, he reconstructed it in other ways, substituting components, shifting them, inverting them.”
This idea – of one imaginary place – kind of a puzzle built with various photographs is what I’m particularly interested in and I’m trying to realize this concept in the “City Landscapes”.
— Andrzej Pilichowski Ragno