Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 59. February 28.

Day Fifty Nine. February 28. Picture # 59. "Shadow Art". I do not condone graffiti. No one has a right to deface public or private property. That being said, The shadowy spaces under bridges and in drainage ditches can be fascinating because of the illicit art that mysteriously appears in the night. Some of the work is very well executed and frequently has some sort of message. A few years ago I ran into a twelve foot long floor to ceiling screed against George W. Bush lavishly done in black lettering with silver & gold metallic paint highlights. On the opposite wall, there was a red, black & white demon from hell that appeared to be staring at the writing. It was painsakingly done in a dripping paint style that was pretty remarkable. The anquish in it's expression reminded me of the painting "The Scream" by Edvard Munch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scream Both creations were deep inside of a drainage tunnel where you had to have a flashlight to read. Mixed in with the good is always the bad. Profanity, vulger drawings, scribbles and gang tags are a constant ying to the art's yang. Canon Rebel XTI on tripod. Canon 28-135mm lens. Focal length 28mm. f/22. ISO 400. 1/400 second.

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