Plates - Places
Walking through 33 of the United States of America in one day
by Valerio Berdini
About the Book
Travelling is about visiting places.
Ever felt the frustration of being somewhere beautiful without having the option to visit anything of it?
Close but unreachable. I would prefer it was not there at all.
Like getting close to the oasis just to see it vanishing in the illusion of the mirage.
Like getting close to the love of your life to wake up to its dream...
... like travelling for work to Utah, USA.
A place surrounded by the most beautiful scenery on earth. It was there, but not there for me.
These photos of American plates, taken from a wander through the charmless streets of Salt Like City, become a metaphor for visiting the real places.
This book explores the frustration of missed occasions. It is the sublimation of a regret into a photographic project.
Born in Rome, Italy, in 1970, Valerio Berdini has been living in the UK since 2001. Over the years his documentary work developed into a personal language that merges a traditional aesthetic, influenced by the masters of photojournalism, with an incessant attention to the evolution of the contemporary society. He has travelled since very young and the desire to meet new people, in their own culture, never stopped. Music fan and avid concert photographer, he has also built an extensive archive of several hundreds live rock bands. Valerio Berdini photographs have been exhibited, awarded and published internationally, including The Guardian, La Repubblica, Condé Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, L'Espresso, The Times and many more. He is a freelance photographer represented by REX Features.