These photographs capture views in the City of Richmond from the point of view of a typical passerby, depicting both the detail of the ground beneath their feet and the sky above their heads in a single image. Paulo Majano’s images recreate the fragmented view of nature we observe in an urban setting, where the wide panoramic vistas often associated with the idea of landscape give way to an experience of nature through glimpses and fragments. The artist made these images by capturing a small patch of ground, focusing on the foliage and details of organic forms, while using a mirror to reflect the sky and structures overhead. The contrast between the rigid forms of the human-made and the exuberance of natural growth speaks to the complex and fragile balance between human activity and the ecosystem that is part of the city.
For this multi-artist public installation, Capture Photography Festival and the City of New Westminster Public Art Program sought proposals from artists located in British Columbia that consider nature and its relationship to the Lower Mainland region’s urban environment. The artworks of six artists and artist teams were chosen to be installed on the three art columns at Lansdowne and Aberdeen Canada Line Stations for six months each.
Presented in partnership by
Capture Photography Festival and the City of Richmond Public Art Program