The Illustrated City
There is graffiti I like, and graffiti I can’t stand. To me, this one isn’t a rubbish tag it’s a little closer to true street art. As a street and urban photographer I had to shoot it and present it this way, without the distraction of colour, to hopefully convey its impact to more people.
It’s because of its location under an overpass why I actually feel badly that most people will not see it. When you first come across it you realize instantly that it isn’t the pretty, colourful and ornate type. Hamilton doesn’t have taggers that produce much of that, nor has any ever put out much inspirational social or political satire like Banksy and and all of his copycats have done. The impact of this statement; nevertheless, is powerful because of the message delivered in that setting. It’s a visual axiom.