Christian Delfino’s quiet, forthright photographs of the world’s major metropolitan centers are a result of his upbringing in Sarasota, Florida. The small city on the southwest coast is filled with cookie cutter cul-de-sacs, apartment complexes punctuated by storm water ponds, and wide veins of asphalt grid the area skirting the Gulf of Mexico. It is full of complexity and contradiction, where trailer parks lie in the shadow of stucco mansions. Delfino’s photographs reflect his earnest childhood in the South. His work shows the everyday we all know—the minor details and overlooked nuances of urban areas make up the breadth of his work. In an increasingly hive-like world, Delfino shows us the slower sides of these fast paced cities. His subjects are in motion, but never seem overwhelmed. His take on the buzzing, vertical cityscape evokes a kind of sincere realism that is less concerned with where the world is headed than where it is today. Within Delfino’s moments of stillness exists a minimalistic bliss, his photographs working as curated moments of his life, a moment where he inhaled and exhaled, understanding the small details to be of significance. No matter how stagnant or dynamic, his subjects share a unique quietness – A cityscape becomes a delightful organization of buildings rather than the noises that surround them. A stoplight, also implying a moment where you breathe and take a moment.

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Delfino lives in Brooklyn, NY