Lazy Chinatown

  • Stefano Gardel
  • 2016
  • Inv. No. 440.16.05
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Architettura
Size M
40x60cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Showcase frame Mounting
Size L
66x100cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

Lazy Chinatown depicts the Chinese area in New York captured in a quiet atmosphere, far from the chaotic and crowded image often associated to this place. As suggested by the title of the shot, the focus is on a quite element and the area is captured in a lazy and relax moment, probably at the crack of dawn. The slow and quite waking up of this area leads the viewer to find a different perspective. The main characters of the shot are not the inhabitants of Chinatown, but rather the buildings, the streetlamps, and a street at whose far end Manhattan stands.
A young Italian talent, Stefano Gardel developed his innate passion about art through the various journeys he undertook around the world, as business trips, but especially for pleasure.  A tireless traveller, Gardel specialised in street and landscape photography. When he is within an urban landscape, the artist takes advantage of the space in order to create overlapping planes, that is to say buildings, railways, housing, buildings springing up one after another, as if it were a puzzle. This technique is well noticeable in the series The high skyline, which features the less known, somehow unrecognizable,  New York city. On the other hand, with Time square reflections, we can appreciate a far more recognizable portrait of the Big Apple. The neon lights of the huge billboards that hide the presence of pedestrians are central. To follow, some landscape shoots, where Gardel depicted Switzerland and the Dolomites, series that reveal a deep suggestion in the way mountains, meadows and forests are portrayed.