Urbania series is an exploration of Paterson, New Jersey where he has lived and worked for more than 15 years. Inspired by the city’s rich historical (and photographic) legacy, Slota decided to turn his camera toward his everyday surroundings. Often used as a location for television and film, Slota’s interpretation of Paterson eschews “the real.” Rather, the resulting photographs transform a declining urban environment into a surreal visual fantasia where buildings have faces and department store mannequins take flight.

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