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Posted by on Jan 12, 2010 in Art, Greg, Photography | 0 comments

Think Jozi has a Pothole Problem?

If you live and drive around in Johannesburg, you’ll be familiar with the large number of what are euphemistically called “potholes” that dot the surface of many of our busiest roads. In many cases, calling these trenches “potholes” does them no justice.

Potholes are especially prevalent in the summer months when the Highveld thunderstorms dump copious amounts of rainwater onto road surfaces, and the storm water drains, clogged with litter and the detritus of urban sprawl, fail to get rid of the flow quickly enough. A small tennis ball-sized road scar can turn into a serious rim-damager in a matter of days.

That said, as this picture shows, cities in the rest of the world seem to have even bigger pothole problems than us…

(c) Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano,

Truth is, this is the very creative work of talented artists Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano. They have created a number of very amusing photographs using potholes in their native Montreal, as well as in Los Angeles and New York City as the focal point.

Artist Davide Luciano said they first had the idea when their car hit one of the road perils:

The idea came to us last spring after hitting a huge pothole, which caused damage to our car. We asked ourselves “wouldn’t it be funny to see a lady using the pothole to wash her clothes?” So we staged that scene, and the ‘Potholes’ project was born.

This is our first street-based photography project and the whole guerrilla-style shooting typically takes less than five minutes.

Check out their amazing work on their aptly named website:, and read more about their work here.



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