Living as a student in the centre of Manchester for a few years, I discovered many of the best places for graffiti. One of my favourites is New Wakefield Street just behind Oxford Road Station. Each year there is a music and art festival where the murals get replaced. This is what was here in winter 2013. I have seen and photographed many different works of art on this wall over the past ten years. This piece is a collaboration between Low Bros from the Weird, Dulk and Nicolas Barrome.
Wondering the streets of new cities, looking for things to photograph is something I enjoy very much. Despite being in French Polynesia for nine days and nights I was only on the main island of Tahiti for my first night and last day in the country. The above mural was taken in the capital city of Papeete. It was on a corner of building that housed on of the many tourist gift shops. The shop was just a couple of blocks inland from the main harbour.
Last week I was in Rarotonga for four days and nights. I stayed at the Rarotonga Backpackers on the west coast of the island. This was great as it was right on the beach but also just a short drive to the airport and main town of Avarua. Inside the main communal area was this large mural. It was about three metres high and 8 metres wide. According to a small sign in the corner this was painted by Tutai Ataera.
Just opposite Civic Square is the Hasting Police Station on the corner of Eastbourne Street East and Railway Road. On the walls of the building are a number of interesting paintings, murals and posters. One of which, pictured above features the Kiwi. This flightless bird, endemic to New Zealand is a national symbol. Friends have asked me a few times, if I have a photograph of Kiwi yet? Due to not only being nocturnal but also critically endangered, this is probably the best I am going to get!
Before the days of Wikipedia I remember struggling with a school art project on the art deco style. Having heard Napier was the Art Deco capital of New Zealand I knew I had to visit. This large city sits of the east coast of the North Island in Hawke’s Bay. In the 1930’s after a large earthquake many of the buildings were constructed in Art Deco architectural style. The mural in the above photograph represents the style very well. If you look closely you can see this is a public toilet!