There is Nothing Beautiful Around Here  (2011)

This is a short clip of photographer Paccarik Orue's "There is Nothing Beautiful Around Here" series, in the city of Richmond, California.

"Richmond, California is a place where many families are struggling with rising unemployment, foreclosure, poverty, and the ensuing violence and substance abuse. This situation has accentuated Richmond's reputation for being one of the roughest parts of the Bay Area. However, Richmond is also a place where turkeys walk past on the sidewalks, dogs guard their owner's properties, people ride horses in the park, and fire hydrants cool the hot afternoons. During one of my visits, a middle-aged African American woman asked me why I was taking pictures in her neighborhood. I answered that it was beautiful. She responded, "there is nothing beautiful around here". Beauty and sorrow live side by side in Richmond. This body of work documents this contradiction, the character of the city and the pride of its residents." - Paccarik Orue.

 

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