I can’t bring myself to call Street Art “Inanimate”.
That is the theme of this week’s photo challenge set by Nancy Merrill Photography and it should ideally have been in the subject line. To submit photos of ‘not alive objects’. So by definition these photos fit the criteria but emotionally, at least for me, rather less so.
In many ways I feel that great street art is alive.
Skilled Street Artists.
It is a testament to the talents of the top artists of this urban genre that their creations do seem to live. To have energy and life-force because they are actually just inanimate objects. In fact even more kudos should go to them as their canvas begins as an ugly brick or concrete edifice and a highly toxic mix of chemicals. But I think these images can attest to the fact that from ugly, even dangerous beginnings, beauty can be drawn – literally.
I have submitted these images as my own interpretation of their work and credit the street artist so that you can search for more of their amazing work on-line. When I photograph something that has been captured many times before I always try to add some kind of personal signature to the composition. Sometimes more successfully than others.
One of my favourite photography quotes by Elliot Erwitt best sums up what I try to do…
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.