Alternative title: 'Photographing other people's art'. There has been some discussion on various photoblogs whether a shot of graffiti (or other art) is creative enough to stand alone as a photograph and therefore a post for a photoblog.
After cropping and processing today's shot we definitely considered it worth posting.
Photography can be many things. One of them being capturing the world around you. Anyone who lives in an urban area knows that graffiti is a way of life and that those who do it, can display great talent. That is worth posting in my opinion, great job. Jazmin @ 2006-April-6 13:19
WOW! Really awesome pic! I love your photos soooo much!!! Jide Alakija @ 2006-April-6 14:56
If you add your own interpretation to your photo of a graffiti, then it becomes your art. If it is a straight shot, then I consider it a reportage of your surrounding (like painters photographing their own work for advertisment), like today's picture. Both types of photo are worth posting, because simply you took the picture! gck @ 2006-April-6 16:49
I agree. This is a fantastic shot, and it works great in b/w. Ryan @ 2006-April-6 22:20
I actually kinda of disagree on this one. I've commented often on photoblogs regarding photographing other's art. Admittedly, I'm pretty strict about it, but this is a straight ahead shot with little else in the frame than the graffiti. The tones are nice, but I think you need more in-camera composition changes. I am facinated by debates like this, though, and I appreciate that this picture sets up the discussion and its a technically good shot. Tuffer @ 2006-April-7 02:00
Tena koe ehoa
If it wasn't for this image, this piece of grafitti art, would have been seen by considerably less people that it could possibly be seen by!
I think the issue is what defines using others art such as grafitti, for self proclamation in another form of art, whether in photography, video or paint.
I remember not that long ago when the world was more than accepting of artists/painters that made a living from painting replicas of the masters!
For me this image is very appealing both visually and from an artistic point of view which is directed firstly at the original artist.
Both the artist and yourself have created your own expressions of the one piece of art work. ndiginiz @ 2006-April-7 09:43
This was meant to be in b&w! Sinem @ 2006-April-7 10:25
Personnaly, I like street "art" and I like to take picture and see pictures of grafitti, This one is really great, well done :D
If Photographing Art is not Art itself just because it's already done, what about a landscape? Laurent @ 2006-April-7 14:15
great piece of art, & well captured (works really well in b&w too) MrC @ 2006-April-7 14:44
haha cool discussion, i'm not agree with laurent, a same landscape can be really differents depending of the photographer, and i exactly experienced that with laurent before.
Many elements are definining a landscape : the position of the shooter, the framing he is choosing, the composition, the weather, the lighting, the season and some other elements like animals, or people or i don't know...etc. This picture is beautiful and you probably added your "touch" but for me it stay a photo of a beautiful drawing. I like photos of graffitis where they are taken in there context. BUT i'm sharing the point of view of Jazmin, that is worth posting because you can display great talent and i've a lot of fun to see them when they are really beautiful like this one ;) Julien @ 2006-April-11 03:36
I'm not usually big on pictures of graffiti but this has something to it that's really fascinating, nice job. miles @ 2006-April-11 16:22