The fringe, the outcast and the marginalized members of society are the subjects and characters of German photographer Tobias Zielony, which inherently blurs the lines between fine art and documentary photography as the photographs tell a story with no story arc, no beginning nor ending, while many of them are not aesthetically pleasing in the traditional sense.
A by-product that is quite consistent throughout is the theme of boredom, which for some might be hard to conceive, in this age of inter-connectedness, but for the people in these pictures, it seems that this the hand that they have been dealt with in life. Zielony himself thought at first that boredom was a sign of rebellion, a rejection of hall society has to offer, but that has changed as the subjects taught him a thing or two about their lives, and he in turn gained their trust.
One project called Vele (2010) which depicts the ‘failed’ housing estate of Le Vele Di Scampia in Naples, Italy. It documents the people and the place of this once utopian architecural dream to provide a harmonious living environment and ultra-modern sense of community while addressing the post-war housing shortage. But what transpired was that the local mafia moved in just as the building was completed, which sealed its fate of decay and dereliction while Government officials sort of ‘washed their hands of the situation’.