ESQUICIOS

esquicios//sketches

i am pacu. a puerto rican artist with studies in photography, architecture and music; intern at powerHouse books.

these are my esquicios, a constant study of light and form that i also apply in my professional work.

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  • bell peppers brought last night by christianbokeh's mom, rosa, she loves cooking and she's really good at it.
they’re dominican, and like my grandmother, they have come to this city knowing little to no people, with empty pockets and not even knowing how to speak english. rosa is the truly the sweetest, if it wasn’t for her i would be 100% alone with my thoughts here outside of work, the city is an empty place.
people like her that have gone through a number of struggles but still carry such a compassionate attitude are worthy of admiration.
nikon d300
manhattan, ny

    bell peppers brought last night by christianbokeh's mom, rosa, she loves cooking and she's really good at it.

    they’re dominican, and like my grandmother, they have come to this city knowing little to no people, with empty pockets and not even knowing how to speak english. rosa is the truly the sweetest, if it wasn’t for her i would be 100% alone with my thoughts here outside of work, the city is an empty place.

    people like her that have gone through a number of struggles but still carry such a compassionate attitude are worthy of admiration.

    nikon d300

    manhattan, ny

  • after a long walk scouting midtown i finally found a moment that somewhat pleases me, that i can call my own. however, the overall experience was bland and it was really hard to find a special something in this sea of banal scenes. maybe i’m looking for something these buildings cannot provide, maybe i’m just not looking hard enough, maybe this dslr is bringing me down, maybe i miss the architecture back home.
nikon d300
manhattan, ny

    after a long walk scouting midtown i finally found a moment that somewhat pleases me, that i can call my own. however, the overall experience was bland and it was really hard to find a special something in this sea of banal scenes. maybe i’m looking for something these buildings cannot provide, maybe i’m just not looking hard enough, maybe this dslr is bringing me down, maybe i miss the architecture back home.

    nikon d300

    manhattan, ny

  • façade of a home in maguayo, dorado


kodak portra 160
k. b. canham dlc 4x5
dorado, pr
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    façade of a home in maguayo, dorado

    kodak portra 160

    k. b. canham dlc 4x5

    dorado, pr

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  • i’m slowly starting to make photographs available to order through society6, if you can give them a better life than laying around my hard drives, you know what to do!
-pacu
PS:
i love what i do, i do it on nobody’s command and i apply my whole self to it so that everything i create will only elevate, enjoy!

    i’m slowly starting to make photographs available to order through society6, if you can give them a better life than laying around my hard drives, you know what to do!

    -pacu

    PS:

    i love what i do, i do it on nobody’s command and i apply my whole self to it so that everything i create will only elevate, enjoy!

  • corner of an original art deco house in hato rey


kodak portra 160
k. b. canham dlc 4x5
san juan, pr

    corner of an original art deco house in hato rey

    kodak portra 160

    k. b. canham dlc 4x5

    san juan, pr

  • sandy hills from calle del carmen, the house and its context.


kodak portra 160
k. b. canham dlc 4x5
luquillo, pr

    sandy hills from calle del carmen, the house and its context.

    kodak portra 160

    k. b. canham dlc 4x5

    luquillo, pr

  • artistmarciax said: me encanta todo!

    gracias por las palabras, me alegra que sirva de algo!

  • special thanks to christianbokeh who scanned the positive film i had laying around. i think i started it last christmas and, while i was taking this photograph, my camera caught somebody’s attention, the conversation evolved into the vernacular project i started working on and consequently he recommended me the book puerto rican houses: sociohistorical perspectives by carol jopling which has been a major source of information ever since.
positive film is truly beautiful when exposed correctly, but anything analog (specially when working large format) right now is increasingly expensive and holding me back to committing to a technique that is currently at its most reduced state ever when it comes to film options.
sandy hills
fujichrome provia 100f
mamiya 645 af i
luquillo, pr

    special thanks to christianbokeh who scanned the positive film i had laying around. i think i started it last christmas and, while i was taking this photograph, my camera caught somebody’s attention, the conversation evolved into the vernacular project i started working on and consequently he recommended me the book puerto rican houses: sociohistorical perspectives by carol jopling which has been a major source of information ever since.

    positive film is truly beautiful when exposed correctly, but anything analog (specially when working large format) right now is increasingly expensive and holding me back to committing to a technique that is currently at its most reduced state ever when it comes to film options.

    sandy hills

    fujichrome provia 100f

    mamiya 645 af i

    luquillo, pr

  • a handful of times in a year a photograph happens, where all the aspects go all the way and come together at one point in space and time. there’s no formula to it, it sets the standard that you begin to compete with and it’s your zen zone, what you believe in, and if you steer into a different road, it will be undeniable proof of where you came from.
dorado/2013/archival pigment print/edition of 21


kodak portra 160
k. b. canham dlc 4x5
dorado, pr

    a handful of times in a year a photograph happens, where all the aspects go all the way and come together at one point in space and time. there’s no formula to it, it sets the standard that you begin to compete with and it’s your zen zone, what you believe in, and if you steer into a different road, it will be undeniable proof of where you came from.

    dorado/2013/archival pigment print/edition of 21

    kodak portra 160

    k. b. canham dlc 4x5

    dorado, pr

    Source: pabloserrano.me

  • Los beneficios de tener una huerta en casa, trabajo de mi madre: alcohol medicinal a base de Alcanfor, Limoncillo, Ruda, Romero, Salvia, Malagueta, Eucalipto y aceites esenciales concentrados.

    Para aplicar en la piel y aliviar el dolor en las articulaciones, síntoma común del chinkungunya.

  • El Falansterio detail


nikon d300
san juan, pr
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    El Falansterio detail

    nikon d300

    san juan, pr

    order a print!

  • Yesterday I decided to visit a place I wanted to photograph for a while, the first public housing project in Puerto Rico, done as part of the PRERA (the Puerto Rico Emergency Relief Administration) in 1933, providing funds to stimulate the economy and build infrastructure improving living conditions in the island.

    "El Falansterio" sports a fantastic Art Deco style, the structure itself rounds the lot with 6 gated entrances, doubling as a barrier while enclosing a grand courtyard. Both the inside and outside can be observed by balconies, accessed from the hallways and shared by two apartments

    The exposed concrete leaves a grayscale view with accents of color around you, from flowers, ironwork, or from vibrant chairs, restored and placed in the many balconies as a result of the mission of Espacio Común in reestablishing a sense of community through the ever-present element of Puerto Rican architecture, the balcony.

    That same day I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Gratacós (founder of the project) and her partner, Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negron (Puerto Rican artist) with a mutual connection of Carolina Cestero, a trusted consultant of the project who I met back in the high school days when involved with the newspaper.

    nikon d300

    san juan, pr

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    Source: society6.com

  • jimmyeatschoos:

    Art class with esquicios

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    Source: jimmyeatschoos

  • new landscapes, urbanización houses side by side


kodak portra 160
mamiya 645 af i
bayamoón, pr

    new landscapes, urbanización houses side by side

    kodak portra 160

    mamiya 645 af i

    bayamoón, pr

  • sobre la cueva del indio

    nikon d300

    arecibo, pr