the “pavement” series emerged in late 2016 during walks in Miami, Florida from Shorecrest uptown to Brickell downtown. i moved to Miami in 2016 to pursue a different lifestyle after twenty years in New York City. Shorecrest, where i live, is not far from Little Haiti and Wynwood, both centers of the Miami art world. MiMo, Miami’s mid-century modern architectural district, is nearby as is South Beach, Miami Beach’s Art Deco district, both centers of mid-century architecture.
this is my first cohesive photography series. i drew inspiration from Miami’s artistic and aesthetic atmosphere, particularly the aforementioned architecture with its uncluttered simplicity and retro-futuristic beauty. mid-century modern has roots in the Bauhaus and Constructivist movements. the spareness and geometry of my work is inspired by these architectural and artistic forebears.
the work in "pavement" is also synergistic with graffiti art. Miami, in addition to being a mid-century modern mecca, is an international center for graffiti artists and muralists. their canvases are walls, and their work is implicitly ephemeral as new waves of artists come through to paint over earlier pieces. i find art on a similar outdoor canvas: the pavement. here too compositions are implicitly ephemeral as streets and sidewalks are worn by weather and time.
these photos explore a Shorecrest, Miami pool, particularly abstractions offered by the constantly shifting quality of light and weather and such elements as water spouts, filters and waves.
Leyla Sharabi is a New York and Miami based photographer. A photo editor for fifteen years in New York, she began taking pictures in the early 1980’s after receiving a Kodak Instamatic x-15F for her birthday. She started photographing friends in casual sessions and learning the craft and fundamentals as a student of photography in high school.
While attending university in Washington DC in the late 1980’s and early 90’s, Leyla studied at Glen Echo Park’s Photoworks division and at the Smithsonian Institute. After moving to New York in 1994, she pursued a variety of classes at New York City’s International Center of Photography.
Leyla’s work has been published in Glamour, Dutch, Impact! and Harper’s Bazaar Australia and her work has been exhibited at “Photography: Intimate Encounters, The Mentoring Relationship” at New York’s Rye Arts Center. Her work is in the collections of WEBB (World Equity Brand Builders) in Miami and The Lee Company in Madison, Connecticut.
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