Q&A: Christian Delfino — Scrap Yard

02.07.18

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? I imagine future generations will have exponentially more information available to them than we do now. Hopefully that translates to future beings being baffled by the lack of awareness the average person currently has in relation to their health, social constructs, consciousness, the universe, as well as the “meaning of life”. Are you aware of any conspiracies? I’ll leave that can of worms closed for the lizard people when they get hungry. What is it that interests you about photography? The ability to create a 2-dimensional visual representation of space and time that can be shared with anyone, regardless of their language, period in time, and interpreted differently. What is the worst thing about city life? FOMO. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The Great Pyramid of Giza. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Extrasensory Perception. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astrobiology. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Yoga Teacher. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Malcolm Browne’s “The Burning Monk”.

How often do you take other people’s advice? If I trust the person and their intentions, more often than not. Describe a personal hell. Watching people I care for suffer. Which living person do you most admire? My mother. On what occasion do you lie? When the truth would only hurt, and not help. What was the last crime you witnessed? Police cars and helicopters slowly chasing a stolen car suspect around downtown LA. What is the best way to educate yourself? Become very passionate about whatever it is you’re interested in, surround yourself with people who share the same interests, seek a mentor, read, listen to podcasts, and establish daily habits in your life that help you educate yourself. What is the next book you want to read? How to Change Your Mind – Michael Pollan. Ultimate camera? Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic. Most used camera? D850. What object do you want? AF-S Nikkor 800mm. What object do you need? Coffee. Describe a cheap thrill. Bicycling around Central Park when the leaves are changing. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Roswell UFO Incident. Are impulses more important than consequences? Both are important, I’d argue that you can’t compare the two without more specifics. Which talent would you most like to have? Speak multiple languages. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Like Matthew McConaughey says, “Just Keep Livin…”

Scrap Yard is an ongoing project that explores my father’s workplace within the salvage industry in Tampa, Florida. We live in an increasingly disposable world that is growing at an exponential rate with no end in sight to this trend. Waste threatens the population’s health, pollutes our environment, and effects the less fortunate disproportionally. One way we can minimize the amount and affects of our waste is recycling. Recycling draws similarities to the process of our bodies decomposing after we pass, releasing nutrients into the earth to be repurposed. This rebirth of ourselves resembles these items as they’re sorted and prepared to be converted back into the raw materials they are derived of. The images in this series aim to reveal the similarities between organic matter and man made objects. These images also represent the technological advances taking place that result in tasks being automated, ultimately removing jobs from our economy. My father lost his job as a computer technician due to his employer’s downsizing. Coincidentally, a lot of the materials he works with at the scrap yard remind me of the materials he worked with as a computer technician. Surely technology is going to continue to make advances in the foreseeable future, however it’s yet to be seen how it will provide work for those displaced by its constant state of change.

b. 1987, Sarasota, Florida, Christian Delfino currently lives in NY. He’s been exhibited widely both online and in print. To see more of his work visit —  Website / Instagram.

Biography: Delfino’s quiet, forthright photographs 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’s full of complexity and contradiction, where trailer parks lie in the shadows 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 fast paced cities. His sub- jects are in motion, but never seem overwhelmed. His take on the buzzing, vertical city- scape evokes a kind of sincere realism that is less concerned with where the world is head- ed 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.