State of Play

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“In my State of Play Playground Series, I bring you through this peaceful taunt that make for a welcomed and cherished paradox.” – Denise Tarantino, Photographer

In partnership with Curated State Gallery and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, I created a special body of work to highlight San Francisco’s State of Play for the 2015 Party in the Parks photography exhibition.

Our city’s State of Play inspires this special body of work. Like many city dwellers, I love and cherish the outdoor space that is unique to San Francisco. I set out in support of this project by experiencing the parks from a broader and more sensory driven vantage point.

I began to visit many of our parks by observing and separating the site and sounds. At first, I felt it important to listen, and then watch.

I sat quietly, with my eyes closed, and listened to the unique sounds had within our parks and playgrounds. There was a lot of solace and warmth found in the sounds of the children playing, dogs barking and conversations of passers-by.

I then blocked out the sounds and watched the park’s happenings. I found myself studying the playground equipment, its shadows and the motions of the children. I couldn’t help but feel the contrary features held within San Francisco’s parks and playgrounds.

In my State of Play Playground Series, I bring you through this peaceful taunt of nature placed in an urban environment, the undisturbed sound of children playing, and the warmth of our steel playgrounds.  All of which, make for a welcomed and cherished paradox.