Saturday some friends and I took a quick trip to Dumbo to visit Photoville. Photoville is a temporary photographic “village” held at Brooklyn Bridge Park, with exhibitions installed in freight containers. The festival is right at the waterfront, overlooking the East River, with a view of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Photoville is “a large scale, mobile, photographic showcase” and is a way for the viewer to interact with exhibits in a different way.
Walking up to Photoville your anticipation is built up quite a bit. There are banners with many different series’ by photographers along the walk through the park. At Photoville, there are some really fantastic exhibits, like the “Phoot Camp 2012“, “China’s Rat Tribe” and “Raskols: The Gangs of Papua New Guinea“. But my favorite was Andre Feliciano’s GREENHOUSE. Seriously, I was blown away. I kept walking back to it. It may be unfair of me to call it my favorite, as it’s not actually pictures he’s taken, it’s more of an installation, but I thought it was genius.
Andre Feliciano is a Brazilian artist who was commissioned by United Photo Industries to create an interactive installation of his “camera flowers”. In a custom built greenhouse, he installed over 3,000 of these camera flowers in 20 varieties of flower plants. The three dimensional cameras are blooming out of the plant stems in a variety of colors, some cameras in more than one color. I didn’t touch them, because I wasn’t sure I was allowed and also because I’m so clumsy I may have harmed the installation. I think the cameras were made of plastic, possibly printed on a 3D printer. I’m not sure about this, Andre could have also created a mold for each camera flower. Either way, the camera flowers were gorgeous.
Photoville is running through July 1st and I highly recommend a visit. There are many more exhibits than the ones I’ve named and each is very well done. There is also an outdoor beer garden and a few food trucks. We had a few bites of pizza front the Valduccis Pizza Truck – delicious! If you decide to go, please leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear what you thought about it!