Christian Michael Filardo is a Filipino-American photographer living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Filardo uses his camera to record everyday nuances: from the mundane to the intimate, and quiet moments. He later groups the images in order to create cohesive narratives. Filardo works as a critic writer for PHROOM and is the co-founder of the Richmond based art space Cherry. Filardo released ‘Gerontion’, their first monograph with Dianne Weinthal at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair in April 2019.
About ‘Arroyo Teardrop’:
In New Mexico, flash floods are common. They often wash dirt through what locals refer to as an ‘Arroyo’ or dry creek bed. At times, these creek beds overflow and water escapes in all directions. Often, we refer to photographs as momentary. They exist until they don’t anymore. Not unlike the dry matter that exists in the arroyo itself before the monsoon washes everything into oblivion.
“All the photographs contained in ‘Arroyo Teardrop’ are documents recorded before they were washed away. Taken over the span of three years, ‘Arroyo Teardrop’ is a collection of images documenting my everyday existence. The mundane and the spectacular, the intimate and bold. A focused look at a single drop of water in the flash flood that roars through the arroyo itself.”