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
In any part of the universe there is a whole universe—Hamlet saw infinite space in a nutshell; William Blake saw a world in a grain of sand, a heaven in a wild flower, eternity in an hour. These photos shimmer with beauty.
composes multiple photographs to establish visual paths that form displaced narratives, questions, juxtapositions and more lies. The algebraic numbering on the images is a forceful and assertive element that emphasizes an individual perspective that may or may not have meaning.
An evocative look at many sides of Hong Kong, all from the perspective of the waters that surround it — beautiful, surprising, meditative.
American photographer and artist William Christenberry has photographed Hale County, Alabama, for over 30 years — providing a fascinating, personal view of slow decay and transformation over time.