“Gaining a sense of stillness, and an understanding that the world looked unique through my lens from my own vantage point, in a way that was separate from the rest of the world.” Badillo’s silver gelatin photographs contain architecture, nature, and people. As you walk into the gallery, the first two photographs that are exhibited next to each other draw your attention to the dramatic difference between their subject matter. One is densely industrialized and reminds you the black-and-white photographs that were taken a few years after the Industrial Revolution. Although this photograph is taken in 1995, the heavily contrasted black-and-white photograph with striking shadows is reminiscent of that era. The concrete jungle with its cold and remote appearance has fundamental differences in subject matter and strong similarities in formal qualities with the other photograph, which is taken from a pure, virgin nature. The second photograph is a canyon without any human element involved. This solid contrast persuades the viewer that the entrance is a recapitulation of the show. Therefore, the viewer would assume that Badillo’s exhibited photographs are dedicated to nature and architecture. However, this assumption would soon prove to be a mistake as people start to appear in Badillo’s works.
As you walk outside, you see the two urbanized and non-urbanized photographs again. These two photographs legitimately sum up the entire theme of the exhibition. Although there is no sign of people in neither of them, the concrete jungle hints at the presence of human beings in Badillo’s photographs.