Alfama – Lisbon, Portugal ’17

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I see a great deal of urban graffiti in and around the east end of London and it changes from day to day. Some of it is quite unique, ranging from the smaller pieces of mixed media images/ motifs and texts, bills and they’re images, to the larger paper-backed brick walls that are adorned with larger images.

It’s the smaller pieces of layered, fractured and degraded mixed media type graffiti and such that interest me mostly. I like to look harder at what is on offer by way of the shapes, colours and imagery and compose these elements in such a way as to obtain an abstract image. The weather has it’s part to play on these surfaces too.

For me, the pursuit of photographing this subject is perfectly valid and relative to all other subjects in photography. It’s still a rare thing in obtaining a pleasing image to the eye.

So long live the act of graffitying…

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21mm, ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/800 sec.

Down the way the roads divided
Paint me the places you have seen
Those who know what I don’t know
Refer to the yellow, red and green. – Maps & Legends/ REM