Andrea D’Amico: Bay Window
The monotony of the workday commute is easily forgettable. It is common for a driver to arrive at their destination with no recollection of the time or events that recently passed by. This occurrence can be attributed in part to the repetitive nature and familiarity of the activity. In the series Bay Window, we sit passenger to the views of Italian photographer Andrea D’Amico’s life on the road. Living in his Volkswagen Bus, he is a person in constant commute. His windows frame moments that might otherwise be neglected. We see roadside culture. We see others in transition and pause. We experience the fleeting sensations of impermanence. D’Amico’s photographs archive these events and suggest that there is variety in a daily drive, and things to remember.
Andrea D’Amico is an Italian street and documentary photographer. Playing with his mother’s automatic camera, he started taking pictures when he was very young and never stopped since. He studied design in Milan and cinema and photography in Paris, where he lived and worked for many years, passing however long periods of time in London, New York and Berlin. He works mostly on long term personal series and his work has been shown by Little Birds Gallery, and at international photography art fairs in Brussels (2013), Paris (2013 and 2016), Milan (2014), Bologna (2015). He has been exhibited in international group exhibitions at Month of Photography Los Angeles (2015), Moscow International Fotography Awards (2015), International Photography Awards New York (2016), and Tokyo International Foto Awards (2017). He lives on the road since 2011.
Bay Window – 2011/13 (Away I Go – Chapter 1)
Due to the consequences of the economic crisis, in September 2011 I had to leave the apartment in Paris where I lived for several years. It was impossible to find another place to stay, so my old Volkswagen bus became quickly my small refuge from reality, without any comforts, but with an incredible panoramic view. The ten bus windows became ten screens to watch. Even if I was living a very difficult time, outside the bus the show of everyday life continued. One day I started taking pictures from the inside of my parked bus, then I realized it was maybe time to leave Paris and move on. So, I started to hit the road. This is what I saw.
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