Goings On About Town: Art
"The San Francisco-based photographer has scaled down his homemade picture-making device from a box the size of a small U-Haul to a more portable, but still far from handheld, contraption. Chiara’s deliberately fallible, low-tech approach allows him to access something elemental and evocative about the photographic process—a far cry from the digitally tweaked perfection of so much current work. The unique images he makes without film or negatives are subject to light leaks, woozy focus, color shifts, and other accidents—all of which add layers of intrigue and confusion to otherwise ordinary landscapes. As foliage and architecture dissolve into abstraction, it becomes increasingly clear that mystery is Chiara’s real subject."