Driving around Hastings city centre, looking for interesting things to photograph. I pulled up at Civil Square and found a few things to explore. This huge mural is on the side of Hastings Library. Created by the artist Erika Pearce and painted in 2019. The mural celebrates the cultural diversity of the Hastings community. After reflecting on the tragic events in Christchurch in early 2019. The artist wanted to create a piece that shows support and love. The two women featured in this mural represent the Māori and Muslim communities. Both those who have lived here for generations and those who are new to the area. There is a feeling of peace, compassion and understanding shared between them. The details in their eyes and the patterns are amazing. The yellow flowers in the foreground help make the bright blues stand out on the wall.
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.