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 is now resident in Cambridge, UK. Photographing from a very young age, he has developed a personal language that merges a traditional aesthetic, influenced by the masters of photojournalism, with an incessant attention to the evolution of contemporary society. His photographic projects bring his cameras around the world where a transformation is in place. Valerio always seeks for eye contact. Either with singles, small groups or huge masses, hearing stories from people is the driving force to put together his own stories. As a live music photographer he is recognized within the International live music scene with an archive of hundreds of bands shot and has been published on numerous music related publications. Valerio work has been published in national and international papers and magazines, including Condé Nast Traveler (US), Travel Photography, L’Actualité, Grazia, L'Espresso, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent