David Ricci is a “new topographic” photographer from Lee MA. This style refers to the study of human made-mechanisms and how they interact with the natural landscape.
Ricci is fascinated by recreational sites in America. He captures the bold colors and geometric shapes seen at amusement parks, state fairs, and mini-golf ranges in clean, crisp, minimalistic images. Bernay Fine Arts currently showcases three pieces in this vein: “Wonderland,” “Grand Slam Canyon,” and “The Track.”
In addition, Ricci has created complex photographs that reveal an underlying order in what seems to be random, chaotic scenes. These are part of Ricci’s Edge of Chaos: Fusion collection, including “Engine Blocks,” and “Angular Movement.”
Ricci’s Wave collection, including “Which Winch” and “Recto Verso,” rounds out his presence at Bernay Fine Arts. Here, he found inspiration at a large commercial fishing port, exploring the docks, trawlers, and nets that are abandoned after a day of work. In doing so, he often spent days at a location, driving, biking, and hiking before capturing an image on film.
Ricci’s newest collection, Hunter-Gatherer, is a collection of photographs taken throughout the United States at flea markets, antique malls, pawn shops and other sites where memorabilia and collectibles have been gathered together by dealers. Their customers hunt for pieces that have some utilitarian value or personal meaning for them, hoping for a rare find. In these milieus Ricci too hunts and gathers – searching for and capturing images that emerge from this nostalgic, often kitschy, slice of the American cultural landscape.
Ricci describes it in the following way. “While each article on display has its own unique history and function, I am more interested in the interplay and dialogue among several pieces. At times I shoot individual items and arrange the images in a grid. More often I carefully position the camera to compose a visually complex photograph that captures the association of several objects discovered in a found scene. Regardless of the approach, my intent is to present the subject matter in a way that allows it to take on new, distinctive meanings. Each photograph is a unique vignette that tells us something about the sellers and buyers, but, hopefully, also reveals even more about our society, our culture, and ourselves”.