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
This conceptual work explores ideas of infinity at the intersections of photography, camera-less abstraction and physical mark making.
It's nearly impossible to visualize the Big Bang—but with one bullet, one piece of plexiglass and a creative eye, these photos offer a place to start.
A project that was born from fascination for the beauty and abstractness of the pre-Andean plains, rapidly evolved into a need to document this particularly fragile region, which is now under serious threat of desecration due to man's eagerness to extract the rich minerals from its soils.
One week: No TV. No radio. No newspaper. No phone. No Internet. No deadlines. One week. Right here. Right now.