Cheerful Graffiti with a Happy Face

Cheerful Graffiti with a Happy Face

There is always some bad stigma attached to the word “Graffiti”, but in my opinion we should just cross it right out of the dictionary and call it “Street Art” or “Urban Art”, because that is certainly what this example shows. Found on the streets of central Barcelona, this is one of my favourite works of art photographed in the city. I have shots of much more elaborate and detailed examples, but this just makes me smile and for that reason alone I wanted to share it with you guys.

Purple Street Art / Urban Graffiti

Purple Street Art / Urban Graffiti

This is the third example of urban graffiti or street art from Barcelona that I wanted to share with you. All three were taken along the same stretch of wall near the harbour. What I would like to know is if any of you can work out what this word says. I would presume it would be either English or more than likely a Spanish word. The thing I like most, apart from the contrast of yellows and purples, is the way it appears to leak off the wall and onto the pavement / sidewalk.

Skull Fresh Graffiti in Barcelona

Skull Fresh Graffiti in Barcelona

Since photographing some great examples of graffiti in Manchester and Salford, I was keeping my eyes open for walls of Barcelona’s street art that I had heard so much about. Here I used a 18mm wide angle lens, so I could get nice and close to the walls and not get trees or street furniture such as signs or benches in my shots. As a result the straight lines of the wall are a little distorted (something that I could easily correct in Photoshop) but I choose to leave it as it came out of the camera. The colours of the spray paint are what drew my eye and made me capture this image.

Northern Quarter Graffiti – Manchester

Northern Quarter Graffiti - Manchester

There are a lot of fantastic examples of street art or graffiti around Manchester, but nowhere more so than the arty area known as the Northern Quarter. After my recent photo shoot of the Manchester Wheel at Night, Mark wanted to explore more of the area between Piccadilly and Ancoats. Walking down the back streets I saw this interesting piece of art in the above photo. Being down an alley in the city centre at night, I wasn’t going to put up my tripod to do a long exposure, so I simply cranked up the camera’s sensitivity to light (or ISO setting) and using the pop-up flash. Ideally I would have put the SB-800 flash gun on the camera with a nice soft defuser to remove any reflections, but I can’t remember everything.