claudia ficca + davide luciano: potholes
claudia ficca + davide luciano: potholes claudia ficca + davide luciano: potholes
jun 01, 2011

claudia ficca + davide luciano: potholes

‘potholes’ by claudia ficca, davide luciano all images courtesy claudia ficca, davide luciano (above) ‘baywatch’ on almafi drive, los angeles all images © claudia ficca, davide luciano



‘potholes’ by canadian creatives claudia ficca and davide luciano is a series of photographs depicting the concave cracks as functional tools in a collection of imaginative tableus in the city. captured within the backdrop of los angeles, montreal, and new york city, the set explores the urban flaw as a playground, creating a multitude of uses out of them including a swimming pool, an oil tank to fry doughnuts, a bath for pedicures, a giant plate of spaghetti, and more. directly engaging with the street and the city, the highly imaginative series transforms the bad into good, creating a tongue-in-cheek collection of tableus that are at once contextual and surreal. taking no more than 10 minutes from start to finish, the photoshoots are done during uninterrupted traffic where there is a suitable – and sizeable – pothole.

‘alice in wonderland’ on 30th street, new york city

‘fisherman’ on henri-julien, montreal

‘diver’ on avenue musset, montreal

‘gardener’ on cote du vesinet, montreal

‘winemaking’ on rue st.zotique, montreal

‘spaghetti & meatballs’ on greenwich street, new york city

‘dog wash’ on alfred street, los angeles

‘doughnuts’ on rue belanger, montreal

‘beer & BBQ’ on rue waverly, montreal

‘champagne’ on tecumseth street, toronto

‘scuba diver’ on avenue beaconsfield, montreal

‘laundry’ on rue st.urbain, montreal

‘pedicure’ on rue queen, montreal

‘baptism’ on chemin de la foret, montreal

‘bubble bath’ on rue de st.firmin, montreal

‘walk of fame’ on new hampshire, los angeles

‘santa claus’ on tremaine street, los angeles

  • hahahahahaa great!

    rachel adams says:
  • Creative & inspirational!

    Marc herpers says:
  • Haha I love it! Very creative, and exasperatingly inspirational.

    Saudi says:
  • niceeee!!

    Enaph says:
  • lots of clevage.

    bobby says:
  • How did they clean up the spaghetti afterwards!!

    jindrinsky says:
  • love it!

    iris says:
  • I Love the idea… I just wish some of them were more polished… They could have been made even more surreal and create a bigger impact if the mood in each photo were exaggerated a bit. I wanted to love these, but every one left me saying… huh.

    eric says:
  • VEry good and funny

    saavedra says:
  • Love the ladies.

    Matt W says:
  • How did they get person to this tiny hole?!

    pelis says:
  • Love it ! Just as they are, cause they are REAL potholes.
    Believe me, I’m in Motreal where these are takin. This is reality !

    Jean-Pierre Pérusse says:
  • The food ones are a bit icky (except for the beverage coolers… I love the bbq/street party idea). Otherwise, very inventive and charming. I may just go plant something in the big pothole outside my house. They are exceptionally cavernous this year. It would be fun to see how long it lasts…. maybe all season. That or install a goldfish jumping out of epoxy… or a primordial fish crawling out of the puddle. The possibilities are endless. Would love to see more.

    Calgarian says:
  • If the postal strike lasts, I suggest you work on mailboxes along similarly inspired lines.

    @nightstreamedit says:
  • today’s synonyms:

    Hokey, Canadian

    Philharmonikon says:
  • Thank you for all the wonderful comments!!!!
    Check out our facebook page for updates: MyPotholes

    MyPotholes says:
  • Couldn’t disagree with Eric more. Love the gritty realism of these photos. The absurdity of each scenario shines through beautifully. Well done!

    Melissa says:
  • I love these, so creative! I also disagree with Eric. Making them more surreal would take away from the stark realism. The camera angles are great, really drawing the observer into the picture.

    Nansea says:
  • Big Thumbs Up. It will help bring humour to the inevitable pot holes in the roads of one’s life d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • She can do my laundry any time 🙂

    Reg says:
  • not bad – the walk of fame almost seems reasonable

    you can’t really see that it’s a pothole in some of them though

    octo says:
  • would be interesting to see them in context to smaller things than people, and shot at a lower angle

    octo says:
  • The simpler ones work best: the hand about to be rescued, Alice and the rabbit. The ones where a little info is left out. Most need editing, they’re blowsy, melodramatic, and open to criticism in the details. For example: iced pothole and, say, an athlete and a curling iron (or icon from hockey); a pothole full of diamonds and a miner; a pot hole full of pot and a hippie.

    Tom P says:
  • haha nice pictures, my favorite pictures are baywatch and fisherman.

    Dirndl says:
  • haber si de esta forma sarcastica, ironica divertida toman conciencia las autoridades! Pero lo dudoooo conmigo te mecias en el aire ups esa es otra cancion ..

    Tijuana Bache California says:

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