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“Blue & Blue” by Photographer Juan C. Giraldo

“Blue & Blue” by Photographer Juan C. Giraldo

"Blue & Blue" by Photographer Juan C. Giraldo

Born in Manizales, Columbia, photographer Juan C. Giraldo was raised within the shadow of New York Metropolis, within the midst of the declining trade and long-forgotten silk mills of the Riverside neighborhood of Paterson, New Jersey. Although now dwelling in Brooklyn, Giraldo’s expertise rising up in Paterson is mirrored all through his photographic observe, as he gravitates towards documenting the private inside areas of working individuals, looking for “the banal indicators of domesticity” that formed his view of the world, each as a first-generation immigrant and laborer.

“Blue & Blue” takes place in Chicago, the place Giraldo moved in 2012. Specializing in the Nice Lakes Reload—a 385,000 sq. foot warehouse that transports, shops, and processes varied varieties of metal merchandise—the sequence explores the private lives and areas of working-class individuals of colour. “Familiarizing myself with their private anecdotes and experiences allowed me to embrace the main points, magnificence, and drama of the mundane, which unfolded as I continued to {photograph} them,” he explains. “Of their tales I see echoes of my previous. Intimate areas reveal the textures of a working life; a Gatorade bottle as a vase uncovers the wonder within the banality of domesticity. My portraits and nonetheless life images spotlight objects of significance and their iconographic that means in these settings, reflecting a reverence for my private historical past and the lives of the individuals I {photograph}.”

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