|Hall Loves You - Newberry Springs, California|
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|
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|