Michael PietrocarloPosted: May 3, 2013
Michael is a fantastic photographer that is new to Norman Felix. He was accepted into TUPF (Toronto Urban Photography Festival), and this is how we fell in love with his work!
Make sure to read his Artist Statement, its not only well written, but explains what his photography is after.
“I am fascinated by forsaken spaces: structures whose longevity has defied their purpose;
sites reclaimed by nature, time, and the boundaries of ruin. I discover and photograph
these places in reverence of their former significance, and to uncover the beauty that
remains beneath the decay”.
“I seek locations with historical value, lost to the vagaries of passing trends and time.
Unconventional aesthetics draw my focus: aged, broken, corroded, and desolate
constructs. Recurring themes within my images are the contrasts of
transience/permanence, deterioration/renewal, and abandonment/reclamation.
I employ a practice akin to found art, appropriating found places in a similar manner. I
strive to capture the scenes faithfully and undisturbed; my technique favors wide-angle
perspectives and natural lighting to convey vicarious presence. Utilizing the scale of the
final prints, my hope is to evoke a sense of distressed grandeur and intimate emptiness.
Any image manipulation is done with intent and obvious effect to communicate a particular
“Ultimately, I endeavor to document spaces that were once purposefully occupied by
multitudes, but now only serve to occupy the imagination of the observer. Perhaps my
own struggles with mortality are partially appeased by demonstrating artistry in dereliction
and purpose in obsolescence”.
Join us at Norman Felix Gallery for Contact 2013, Friday May 10th!
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