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 around Brooklyn Bridge Park I had my eyes out for good view points of the New York Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. Essentially I was location scouting for later in the day when I would return with my tripod for some dusk and twilight photographs. In the daytime I try to capture things that might look a little different and this fence was full of interest. Just next to Pier one at the DUMBO ferry terminal the fence features a great poem engraved into the metal from the 19th century poet Walt Whitman. If you look closely you can also see people have locked padlocks to the fence on the left side of this photograph, many of which had notes written or engraved on them. The large sticker on the low right side of the picture serves as a unique focal point. In many ways I agree, Sotheby’s could sell New York as a piece of street art, and I’m in no doubt that it would be the most expensive piece they would ever auction!
Balmy Alley in the Mission District of San Francisco has some of the best murals and street art that I have seen. The above is a photograph of one of the most iconic murals of the alley. Naya Bihana (A New Dawn) was completed in 2002 by artist Martin Travers. It commemorates the struggle for freedom in Tibet. It is just one of dozens of murals in the Mission district with a political or social message of struggle and empowerment. Obviously, I walked up and down Balmy Alley and other alleys in the district photographing as many as I could. This is one of my favourites.
On a photo walk around Venice (Los Angeles) I came across this huge mural. Found on Windward Avenue it pays homage to Venice history, culture and film. Painted by artist Jonas Never it measures 102 x 50 feet. At first this wasn’t going to make it onto the website because of all the cars in the foreground, but looking through the various murals that I photographed around Venice this is my favourite. In some ways, the cars give an idea of scale.
This is the last of my collection of this years graffiti photographed on Manchester’s New Wakefield Street. It was painted by SatOne and Dems with a limited pallet of orange and blues with cars flying everywhere. I would one day like to watch such a large piece of work being created from start to finish as I imagine it must take many hours if not days to create a piece as large as the one photographed above.