PAVED IN GOLD
I moved to New York from London in September 2012 in a leap of faith to start my MFA. I wasn’t exactly sure of how I would have sustained myself without the possibility to apply for a “legal” job in such an amazing, and amazingly expensive, city.
With the preoccupation about money always on my mind, I started noticing a peculiar phenomenon: New Yorkers tend to leave their coins on the ground, and that helped me raise around $15 dollars in 8 months. The biggest surprise though, was to discover that a huge number of those pennies are left on the pavement so long that cars and heat push them so much into the ground that they become embedded in it.
I started to photograph them and in a few months I had collected over 100 images.
The streets of New York, the city that got pregnant with Wall Street and the people who want to Occupy it, are literally paved in gold!
The piece is a plain version of Street Photography and proposes new ways to look at New York, its citizens, and its culture (especially in the light of Barak Obama willing to get rid of the Cent).
The work is flexible in structure and it has been exhibited as a grid made of 100 photographs measuring a total of 60x90 inches.