I recently returned to live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I was born and raised. Over the intervening years both the city and I have undergone many changes. As a result, I feel more like an outsider or foreigner here than I have in all the other various places I have lived and traveled. To help make sense of this experience, I am using my camera to explore my “new” surroundings.
Somewhere Called Home is a series of images of the particular people who live here as they interact with this particular place. The images are of small unspectacular moments that serve as information-rich studies of nuance, gesture and detail. I am not attempting to capture some type of photographic documentary “truth” in this work. Rather, I am seeking the fictionalized verity found in story or in painting. In keeping with this idea, and to mimic the color palette found here in Pittsburgh, the images are processed to emulate the look of illustration or watercolor.
Somewhere Called Home is work in progress.
Jim Vecchi - December 2012
Note: This is the first body of work I have produced where people are such active elements. I liken this career step to that of a musician known for instrumental works who releases an album that relies heavily on lyrics and vocals.
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Jim Vecchi has written: “My photographic artworks rely on beauty and the art of seeing. They are a reflection of my ongoing personal search for transcendent meaning and understanding. Photography and art-making are my means of exploring, questioning and reinterpreting the way that we perceive our world.” Jim’s photographs have been internationally exhibited and published, and are in the collections of such fine institutions as the George Eastman House, the Victorian and Albert Museum in London, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Santa Barbara Museum, and the Musee de Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium and the Lianzhou Museum in Lianzhou, China. He has an MFA from Stanford University and has taught courses and workshops on various aspects of photography in both the United States and Italy. Jim is a dual U.S. / Italian citizen currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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