Thursday, 23 June 2011


Is it socially unacceptable to "back-blog" (talking about something that is very old and something that you would have blogged about back then if you had one)?.

I'm going to go for it and show you some of my favourite photographs, some recent and others years old...

I absolutely love this image of pigeons, taken by the canal in East London. It is absolutely massive in scale. I think that the pigeons themselves were done on paper and then glued to the wall, with the blue outline added in afterwards. I really love pigeons, I can thank my friend Ryan for that, they have beautiful colouring. The polaroid-like images in the background work really well (I assume that this is either coincidence or clever placement!). I'd love to show it bigger than this but it doesn't work!

A wall of tags in East London, taken during one of my graffiti research trips during first year MA. The first character in the main blue tag reminds me of a dripping ice-cream cone!

These two images were sent to me by my friend Ian when I was looking a lot at street art during my MA. I believe that they were taken in Headingley (Leeds) where a man has been making and placing paper boats/ hats in wall gaps and crevices for years.

Strictly speaking, this isn't a favourite. It's one of my own pieces, a bit of an off-shoot from another piece, but there's something humble about the orange bricks against the little green detail (rolled up industrial waste) that I really like.

The following three photographs were taken in Italy (I lived in Como for three months during 2007 whilst doing an internship and I loved all of the graffiti that exists there):

I'm not sure who this little man is but I used to see him every day on my train trip to work and I think that he's amazing! So jolly to look at, dancing away to his tunes!

Possibly a slightly creepy image of a man, but it draws me in.

Not graffiti this time! There's something about the angles in this photograph that attracts me. If I remember correctly it was taken in Lecco (the other "foot" of Lake Como, along with Como town) on one of many exploration trips during my stay.

Two Italian images taken by an old friend of mine who always made me envious with his photographs:

Notice how most of these Como pictures are red?! I love the smoothness of colour on this wall, and the great chunks of wood that make up the door.

This image was taken in Como town, a really beautiful and rustic area with lots of charm. I love the way that newspaper has been put behind the grate and I like the tag that I hope says "pint".

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