One of the first things I do when I arrive in a new country is search for the local street art and graffiti. I love the different styles around the World and the way the paintings provide colour and life to the streets.
“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”
– Banksy (Wall and Piece)
I try to combine street photography with street art in a complementary way. By adding a human element into the frame you can often enhance the artwork that already exists. Through timing and placement you can end up with an image in which life imitates the art itself. Here is a selection of street art photography from various places I have travelled around the World. Due to the bright and vivid colours of the street art I prefer to present the images in colour as opposed to black and white:
1. Taken in the multicultural neighbourhood of Raval in Barcelona, Spain. The art on this wall is constantly changing, I like this fleeting moment of life mimicking the art.
2. Long faces in the historic centre of Mexico City.
3. Synchronisation on the streets in Santiago, Chile.
4. The dog and his double, Valparaíso, Chile.
5. A Day of the Dead reveller walks past some crude but poignant graffiti in Mexico City. 'La Historia es Nuestra Venceremos/History is ours, we will overcome'.
6. A street performer practises amongst the graffiti in Barcelona, Spain.
7. A Storm Trooper attacks in the Condesa neighbourhood in Mexico City.