Graffiti is something I always look for in big cities as I enjoy studying the details. I knew the Barcelona being an artistic city there would be some great graffiti if I could find it. Whilst sat on the top deck of the tourist bus I looked down to see a 400-600 metre stretch of wall about a quarter of a mile away from La Ramblas. At the time I wasn’t in a position to jump off the bus but I noted the location down on the map and looked at where the sun was to work out the best time of day to return. The following day I took the tourist bus to Museu National d’ Art Catalunya (MNAC) then took the Montguic Cable Car to get some good views over the city centre and harbour and then walked down the hill into town via this graffiti. In my opinion the above photograph was certainly one of the highlights of my walk that afternoon.
When I first moved into the city centre I published a photo taken from this spot behind the fence of the New Wakefield Street NCP car park. It is amazing how this small corner between Great Marlborough Street and Oxford Road has changed over the last two years. There used to be an amazing piece of graffiti featuring a huge dragon, this can been seen in the photo below taken in September 2006. About a year ago all the weeds were dug up and the area was resurfaced and turned into an NCP car park with big gates, the original graffiti was painted white. I was pretty upset to see that, but when I first glanced over to see the above new “kill bill” style artwork I knew it had to be photographed and talked about here.
Photograph of Graffiti from Manchester’s Hulme / Moss Side area for you today. Seen on the walls of the Procters Young Peoples Centre just off the Mancunion Way. I really liked the message and after reading it was hard to not pick up the camera and photograph this mural.
However, the reason not all of the graffiti has been included was it was an overcast day, and as such I choose to stick with my 50mm fixed lens. No zooming in or out meant I couldn’t include more, but fortunately I was able to get the majority of the text in the picture, giving you a message that is worth reading. Not all graffiti is a crime, some graffiti is important and it is art.
This amazing piece of graffiti was seen over a wall viewed from New Wakefield Street between Great Marlborough Street and Oxford Road. This short road has three or four stunning examples of graffiti, but I think this is the most interesting example I have so far seen on the streets on Manchester. I did a project for college last year on Manchester”s graffiti in the gas works area under the bridge that heads towards the G-Mex centre from Oxford Road station. This is just around the corner and is well worth a look as I doubt it will be there for much longer.