Thursday, March 26, 2015

Graffiti Photographs

Hall Loves You - Newberry Springs, California
Abandoned buildings are often covered in the "urban art" known as graffiti. Spray paint can turn the deviant into an artist.

I'm not a fan of graffiti. I have a hard time understanding the value of it. I prefer to find abandoned locations that haven't been defaced, but those locations can be difficult to come by.

Most commonly, the way I photographically handle graffiti is to subtly and thoughtfully include it in the scene. It becomes a part of the composition, but it is not the photographic subject.
Have Yourself A Kooper Little Christmas - Atolia, California
Occasionally, however, I find some graffiti that is compelling and deserving of a photograph. The deviant art becomes the subject of an image. The photographs in this post are of those rare instances where the graffiti was worth creating an image of.

A snapshot of art is still a snapshot. Photographic vision is required to make a meaningful image. One cannot rely solely on the creativity of another--your own creativity is still required.

One last thought on graffiti is this: the artist owns the copyright (at least in America). Courts have ruled that if you photograph someone's graffiti and you earn a profit from that image, the graffiti artist, if he or she can prove that they created it, is entitled to a portion of the profits. This may sound really dumb, but you appreciate similar protection of your own photographic images.
Mockingjay - Boron, California
Oh, Well - Boron, California
Alien - Mojave, California
Sorry About The Wall - Mojave, California

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