PACCARIK ORUE, BS Ice Cream, I Love Ice Cream, 2010; fromThere is Nothing Beautiful Around Here; 13 x 13 in., c-print. Edition of 10.
This photograph is part of Paccarik Orue’s project There Is Nothing Beautiful Around Here; a series focused on the struggling city of Richmond, California. Richmond has the unfortunate reputation of being one of the most crime-ridden parts of the Bay Area. Orue’s project depicts unexpected moments of beauty and calm in a place where people have come to expect only ugliness and suffering. A native of Lima, Peru, Orue currently resides in San Francisco. He earned his BFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in 2011. His work has been featured in several exhibitions and publications. His debut monograph There Is Nothing Beautiful Around Here was published by Owl and Tiger in January 2013.