“You walk for days among trees and among stones. Rarely does the eye light on a thing, and then only when it has recognized that thing as a sign of another thing: a print in the sand indicates the tiger’s passage; a marsh announces a vein of water; the hibiscus flower, the end of winter.”  (Italo Calvino “Invisible Cities”)

“Aspects of Change” reimagines the documentary reality of Long Island City (LIC) neighborhood of New York that is experiencing fast gentrification. While photographing LIC, I was not directly interested in garages, water hydrants, electricity poles and traffic signs, rarely photographed elements that – subject-wise – take center stage in my pictures, but was rather intrigued to explore alteration that comes from the way those objects are represented. I sought to create images, where the subject matter is given a visual charge and imaginative possibility beyond its everyday context. I attempted to read light, shapes, colors and forms of LIC as signs and signals, condensing in themselves a power that awaits its translation. As a result of this translation, the subject matter of the image becomes a sign for another thing, a leads to a different reality of the image.
While series represent selected and intentionally constructed aspects of reality, it also explores and questions the belief that to see some aspect of documentary reality from a single vantage point or perspective is to know it.

Yet, most importantly, “Aspects of Change” is about the question of visual gentrification. Is it possible that by changing the perspective on specific aspect of urban reality I am, actually, invading and transforming it just like social and economic forces transform the neighborhood? If an image translates a building into a shining beauty, yet conceals the fact that the actual building is falling apart, does it constitute a visual gentrification? “Aspects of Change” is my quest for that answer.