Sharing my city will be a feature where I’ll share my favorite spots, restaurants, hangouts, etc that I believe are worth sharing. My city has so much to offer, a lot of things and places many people who live here often overlook. This past Sunday I spent the day walking around and photographing some of the beautiful murals my city has to offer. Some may view graffiti and such paintings as defacing property but I see them as gorgeous works of art by talented artists. Surprisingly to some, the city has actually started commissioning some artists to create these beautiful pieces as a way of deterring others from tagging. If you’re unfamiliar with what tagging is, tagging is a way of signing your name or other representation of yourself anywhere public (walls, buildings, bus-stops, alleyways, etc).
Another reason I love exploring my own city is that it gives me a chance to learn a little bit more about the people that live here. Today while Cameron was taking a photo of me an older man walked by and made a comment that murals make beautiful portrait backdrops. We agreed and from there we started chatting and he began telling us his story. We talked about his time in New York City in the 70’s, his work as an artist doing calligraphy, Banksy, Five Pointz, and so many more interesting art related things. I really enjoyed our talk with him.
This particular post will be split between two posts as I got a little picture happy by my surroundings and took way too many photos to share in one! I hope you all enjoy and find these murals as beautiful as I did. Enjoy!
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How freaking gorgeous is this building!?! I mean come on. My dream would to be able to live here or to have my home painted like this. I can’t get enough of it.
I’ll take this one too…
Pictured above are steel birds that were individually cut and then attached to the wall. The elements have weathered and caused them to rust. So pretty.
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