são paulo, invisible city
São Paulo, 2:13AM. Photos and text © Bia Ferrer
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else. — Italo Calvino, Invisible cities
2:13AM. It’s dawn, but São Paulo never sleeps completely. The photo reveals a place at the same time living and dormant. Like Gotham City, the fictional town created by DC Comics, anyone from any city belongs to it.
The images reveal the neglect, the dirt, the lack of planning in places that are full of people during the day, rarely empty. As in the gloomy city observed by Batman, here we have a São Paulo seen through the sensible eyes and the individualized experience of the person who photographes.
A dettached approach is able to capture the solitude and the coldness of a big urban center, a spectacle created by men, without their presence. Bucolic forefronts communicating the feeling of an “observed” emptiness, bestowing an inherent poetry and beauty to urban landscapes.
This city is São Paulo. But it could be any big metropolis, we can’t distinguish. We know only that it’s night. It’s night in Gotham…
Text and photos: © Bia Ferrer. All rights reserved. Text and photos are being published by Dharma/Arte by arrangement with the author, and may not be archived or distributed further without express permission.