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Sinziana on "On the Periphery"

Photographer Sinziana Velicescu gives some insight behind works from her On the Periphery series and why she’s never leaving Los Angeles.

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“This photograph shows a detail of St. Basil Catholic Church in Koreatown, designed by AC Martin & associates, built in the late 60s. Shot on a Mamiya 6 medium format camera with portra 400 iso film on one of my many photowalks that I take with my mom. I just happened upon this building without knowing about it previously, despite having lived in LA my whole life. It was a lovely find for me and an educational experience as I’m always trying to find unusual and overlooked architecture around Los Angeles. The St. Basil’s Church is definitely a building I’d recommend any architecture aficionado to visit for its stark brutalist look that provides a modern touch to the historical Wilshire Blvd, known most famously for its art deco buildings.”

— Sinziana Velicescu

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“I have grown to love Los Angeles, despite my initial outlook on the city, stemming from a lifetime of living here and desiring to escape, thinking I would maybe find happiness if I simply moved away from this bustling and traffic-filled megalopolis full of superficial industries that suck the life out of you. But no, I love LA.”

— Sinziana Velicescu

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“This work is part of my series 'On The Periphery', which explores the aesthetic and utilitarian effect of architecture in and around the greater Los Angeles area. It represents my coming to terms with the city I grew up in, that’s often seen as a bustling metropolis filled with cars, advertisements, and smog. I try to find solace in the quiet places, the overlooked details that lie on the edge of our daily commutes. The result is an homage to ‘The City,ʼ combined with a hidden desire to escape to another place or perhaps another time.”

— Sinziana Velicuescu

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