This week a friend of mine decided to feature or showcase the websites and blogs of the members of his Facebook Group, Mickey's Photo Friends. So far he's given us three links to follow, and I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing some wonderful images, and the variety of ways others have set up their websites. So, of course, that got me to thinking about my own long-neglected website and how it compares to those I'd seen this week. I took a look at my site and was dismayed to see that I had not posted anything since last October!! Talk about letting things slide. And yes, I have a few excuses like my hip replacement surgery, and several trips, but I hadn't even bothered to post anything about our recent travels. Yup, I'm totally ashamed of myself.
So, today I thought I'd put up a web page, just to remind myself how to do it (and, of course, I needed Rich's help on the "remembering how" part).
Today's images were taken in May of this year, when our friends Chris and Carol were visiting from Oregon. I had read about a place on Market Street called Writerz Blok, where graffiti artists are allowed and encouraged to paint their graffiti art on huge boards scattered around a half-acre lot. Originally the idea was to prevent vandalism, but the reality has become so much more...providing creative outlets and artistic exploration for graffiti artists in a gang-neutral spot. And, the art has been featured in photo shoots for music videos, dance crews, magazine covers and much more. It's a constantly changing scene with some art being preserved or protected for months because it was done by a well known artist, and others murals being covered up within 24 hours.
I took a few photos of entire murals...it was fun trying to do some panoramas with my iPhone. But as you can see, I really enjoyed trying to isolate interesting smaller elements of the murals.
While I hate graffiti when it defaces private property and public buildings, I found Writerz Blok an interesting attempt at highlighting the artistic elements, and I applaud the attempt to contain it in a sanctioned area. Wouldn't it be great if all graffiti were done in this kind of environment?