Sinziana Velicescu is a photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Film. Her photography explores human intervention with nature in landscapes that have undergone political, social, or environmental change. Appropriating architectural vocabulary, Velicescu disrupts everyday topography via careful composition to develop an elegant and humorous narrative to tell the story of place. Velicescu’s work explores what she calls the “intersections in architecture and nature, the ever changing ‘faces’ of Los Angeles, and allusions to the past within the present.” Velicescu's award-winning series, ‘On The Periphery,’ has been shown in galleries internationally and is now available as a hardcover book, published by Aint-Bad.
“Over the years, I began honing my work into more cohesive series with an interest in abstracting the world around me through a photographic lens, always with an awareness of the fact that the lens does not have to tell the truth about a place,” the artist writes. “I became obsessed with sharing my own personal version of Los Angeles, one that was slightly detached from how the rest of the world sees the city. I grew up surrounded by ‘ugly’ architecture (stucco strip malls and condominiums in Los Angeles & grey concrete apartment buildings in Romania), and this was home to me. Los Angeles is a prime location for the types of questionable design decisions that I focus my lens on frequently, with both awe, appreciation, and a hint of comic disapproval. Our modern world can be quite ugly, but there is some beauty still left if you can learn to see it differently.”