With this series of photos called Markings, photographer Jim Vecchi gives us a fresh take on “street” photography. Well, more accurately, these are photos of sidewalks and driveways in older neighborhoods in California, where people seem to take pride in personalizing their walkways with quirky cement patterns and mid-century colors.
I love the playfulness of the geometric and organic shapes. The pentimento of several layers of old paint often reveals itself, as if a painter has reworked his or her canvas repeatedly, looking for the just the right shapes and colors to occupy these particular places.
Cracks in the cement introduce the element of chance into many of these, and the feisty nature of weeds asserts itself wherever it can break through the pebbly textures and faded, scuffed paint.
These photos are just one part of a three-part series that Vecchi calls the Sunset Trilogy. He says, “The Sunset District in San Francisco is a very residential area that is shrouded by fog during much of the year. This seemingly non-descript area does, however, have particular aspects that are simultaneously peculiar and poetic.”
— Jim Casper
From the air, awe-inspiring abstract images of Australian landscapes show the magnificence of nature, and the devastation of man's interventions.
When you delete images from your digital camera the files are lost forever, not so with film — the mistakes, wrong decisions or bad memories continue to exist somewhere — maybe even gaining a second life in a stranger's collection of discarded photos found by chance or other ways.
Finalist, LensCulture Earth Awards:
Long exposures and staggered superimposition create this contemplative series—in the vein of Japanese engravings—that offer a medium between the visible and the invisible and challenge us to see beyond the physical landscape to the radiation that lingers unseen.