Photographer and Visual Artist Luca Aimi is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. These images are from his project ‘The Water Benjamin Zone‘. To see Luca’s projects click on any image.
“The Walter Benjamin Zone” is my reflection on a park. The area actually exists, but this is a project that can be added to, and can represent any situation of urban poverty. The Walter Benjamin park in the city of Barcelona is located in an area thronging with tourists, just a few meters from La Rambla, beside the sea. The park was chosen to unravel the threads spun by the spider’s web that is society, in an attempt to understand what goes on in there and how people share the same urban space they live in. Here we find a place under the surface of which different people and different dynamics coexist. People who for a variety of different reasons ended up making this place their own. An area where cold, hunger, drug or alcohol addiction exist and are part of everyday life. The park reflects the contrast that marks society: on the one hand, a city that welcomes tourists, offering them services, shops, restaurants and entertainment, guaranteeing income in the process; on the other, a city that ousts the inhabitants of its streets, confining them to the margins of society.
By Luca Aimi