We all hate potholes but a husband-wife couple has given us some reason to enjoy or even laugh at them. Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano are wife-husband duo from Montreal (California) are famous for their series of works on potholes in Montreal, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. Check some of their work –
Los Angeles Potholes
New York Potholes
Check out their complete work at their website http://www.mypotholes.com/
How it started? (from mypotholes.com)
After a sudden collision with a canyon sized crater of a pothole we decided to channel our frustration into a positive project where the useless pothole would be a source of humor and creativity.
Our imaginative and diverse application for potholes led us on a relentless quest in search of the perfect pothole. On site we set up our props as required to build the set we desire. The entire shoot takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
Our shooting sessions are evenly divided with each of us taking a turn behind the camera. Camera angles and model placement and direction are discussed and at times improvised on the set, we don’t use photoshop to create the image or add props. Of course, the menial yet crucial task of watching for traffic is shared by all. Since the POTHOLES series is shoot entirely on location during uninterrupted traffic, vigilance is key.
More from mypotholes.wordpress.com
Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano were cruising through Outremont in their 1997 Jetta and hit a big pothole. Six hundred dollars in car repair later, they came up with the idea of using potholes as the main theme in a photography project: “We started imagining different scenes that take place in a pothole”. For the first scene they thought: “ Wouldn’t it be funny if we saw a woman washing clothes in a pothole?” so they filled up the car with gallons of water, soap, dirty laundry and a clothes rack ; drove around in search of a nice pothole, unloaded the car and shot the “Laundry” scene. They then began scouting potholes and developing ideas for upcoming shots and through a series of guerrilla street-level photo shoots, turned craters all over into objects of fancy. We took something looked upon as such a negative and we tried to put a positive, humorous spin to it.
About the Artists (from mypotholes.com)
Claudia Ficca is a recent graduate from Concordia University in Montréal. Since graduation her focus has been magazine writing and photography projects, concentrating on food photography. Her passion and creativity can easily be seen in her works.
Davide Luciano graduated from the Toronto Film School, where he was the recipient of awards and accolades including best director. His films have screened at the Montreal and Toronto Film Festivals. Davide has since expanded his artistic practice to include photography, and has developed a passion for the art form. He is presently working on his next major photography endeavor.
The couple married in August 2009. Always thinking about fresh ideas for new artistic projects, Claudia and Davide are excited to continue working together both commercially and artistically both in film and photography.