Photographer’s subtle look at how we customise living spaces

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Hong Kong, T47, 2006.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Hong Kong, T47, 2006

Ever been to a place and felt that it is not quite satisfactory in terms of how it looks? Well, Francesco Jodice is recreating spaces into what they should be if we had control of them. For a long time, people’s lives were influenced by the buildings that existed but the trend is taking a turn. Not even urban planners, engineers or architects can dictate life upon humanity anymore, this is the message that is being communicated by the ‘What We Want’ series. The project is centered around photography and modification of imagery.

Change in cities and human societies does not just take place but through a process of gradual transformation, people make changes to suit them. The kind of transformation which ends up in pictures and scenery is not as dramatic as what happens in building skyscrapers or permanent housing. In the project, dubbed WWW, comparisons are made between what is there and what people want. To get a wide view on the influence of society on space, 150 works of arts that are drawn from 5 continents are observed.

For those who were born in the wake of urbanization, the notion has been that social landscaping happens as a result of the strategies and policies of governments. This is fast-changing as people take ownership of spaces where they live; it is no longer a matter of adapting to the surrounding but rather customising living spaces to our own preference. What We Want is an illustration that people are willing to divorce themselves from the line of thought that cities must be connected to the history of a people. Today, people are importing design ideas and taking suggestions from different cultures on how to model their cities. With such a movement at work, these small actions drawn from different places transform not only the outward appearance but the meaning of living in certain areas.

Most of the images that make up the WWW collection show urban geography but in the eyes of those who live today. These images are further a reflection of how different life can be or is to various people because they look at it from different angles. The nature of new images created this way invites everyone to think democratically on where they live, what their circumstances are and how they would like it to be.


Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Aral, T51, 2008

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Baikonur, T56, 2008.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Baikonur, T56, 2008

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Bethlehem, T62, 2010.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Bethlehem, T62, 2010

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Death Valley, T54, 2002.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Death Valley, T54, 2002

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Dubai, T52, 2009.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Dubai, T52, 2009

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Dubai, T61, 2009.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Dubai, T61, 2009

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Hong Kong, T46, 2006.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Hong Kong, T46, 2006

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Hong Kong, T53, 2006.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Hong Kong, T53, 2006

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Ischia, T65, 2006.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Ischia, T65, 2006

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Istanbul, R30, 2005.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Istanbul, R30, 2005

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Jerusalem, R31, 2010.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Jerusalem, R31, 2010

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Kitakyushu, T21, 2000
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Kitakyushu, T21, 2000

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Kyzylorda, T55, 2008.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Kyzylorda, T55, 2008

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Mazara, R14, 2000
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Mazara, R14, 2000

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Naples, R26, 1995.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Naples, R26, 1995

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, New York, T41, 2007.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, New York, T41, 2007

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Normandy, T30, 2000.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Normandy, T30, 2000

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Osaka, T48, 2008.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Osaka, T48, 2008

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Osaka, T49, 2008.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Osaka, T49, 2008

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Ostend, T43, 2005.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Ostend, T43, 2005

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Paris, T04, 2000.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Paris, T04, 2000

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Phi Phi Ley, R18, 2003.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Phi Phi Ley, R18, 2003

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Punta del Este, T16, 2001.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Punta del Este, T16, 2001

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Sao Paulo, T36, 2006.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Sao Paulo, T36, 2006

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Sao Paulo, T39, 2006.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Sao Paulo, T39, 2006

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Sao Paulo, T40, 2006
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Sao Paulo, T40, 2006

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Singapore, R15, 2001
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Singapore, R15, 2001

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Skidoo, T66, 2002
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Skidoo, T66, 2002

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Tokyo, R27, 2008
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Tokyo, R27, 2008

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Tokyo, R38, 2010.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Tokyo, R38, 2008

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Tokyo, T50, 2008.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Tokyo, T50, 2008

 

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