AQAL VIEWS COLLECTION - GALLERY 2
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'AQAL Views' series - 'Integral Lens' project
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Urbanisation trends show the majority of the world’s population living in major urban areas, making the city our ultimate home. Living in a city is an art and we need the vocabulary of art to describe the peculiar relation between humans and the material that exists in the continual creative play of urban living. The city as we imagine it, the soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, nightmare, is as real, maybe more real, that the hard city one can locate in maps and statistics.
‘AQAL Views’ is a series of urban waterscapes; blurred waterscapes and moving skies meet building silhouettes and auxiliary structures in a merging dance between the perpetual and the ephemeral. In the integral lexicon, ‘AQAL’ means an “all quadrant, all level matrix of reality”, and points to the cross-cultural fact that all humans have 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person perspectives, and that all humans wake, dream, and sleep. We all live in “AQAL space” and such is our viewing.
Having lived most of my life near the water, a deep connection with this element has been formed. Scenes that combine landscapes with waterscapes are dear to my heart in a primal level, which also explains my attraction to the minimalist long exposure imagery of photographers like Michael Kenna, David Burdeny, and the plethora of other artists that comprise this expanding fine art genre following the lineage of Pictorialism. Arriving in places, the new and unfamiliar instinctively is counterbalanced by the familiarity of the waterfront. When we put aside all the analyses and pause from all the search, we find what they refer in Zen as “the beginner’s mind”, a fresh look as if we just witnessed the wonders of this world. When all is said and done, comes a peaceful feeling of completion and the shear joy of being. When we momentarily drop all we know and the anxiety of the unknown, we can rest in “one taste”, in the unifying consciousness that all are one.
Images are part of a larger project: ‘Integral Lens - multi perspectival approaches to the study and representation of the built environment’. A visual journey of contemporary architecture and cityscapes from United States taken during a 5-month visit. The project was awarded by the Fulbright Foundation with the Artist Scholarship Award and sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
Spider Black & White Awards 2017, Nomination, category Fine Art.
Trieste Photo Fringe exhibition 2017, selected.
Trieste Photo Days Book Award 2017, shortlisted.
URBAN Photo Awards 2017, dotART Trieste, Honorable Mention, category Projects & Portfolios.
Camerapixo Magazine, We Inspire vol.21 2017, Silver Photography Awards.
Dodho Magazine, Black & White Photographer of the Year 2017, Finalist.
Moscow International Foto Awards 2017, Honorable Mention, category Fine Art Book.
PX3 Paris Photography Prize 2017, 3rd place, category Fine Art Book.
Fine Art Photography Awards 2017, 2 Nominations, categories Fine Art and Cityscapes.
International Photography Awards 2016, 2 Honorable Mention, categories Fine Art and Architecture - Cityscapes.
A book collection is available here:
Selected images are being exhibited at: