“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly.”
I was never a huge fan of graffiti. For the most part, I found it selfish and something of an aesthetic atrocity. But a few years ago, my home town – Dunedin – launched a street art project. This project opened my eyes to the beauty of urban creativity and the important distinction between the construction of street art and the destruction of graffiti tagging.
When I arrived in Madrid, the first destination on my travels around Europe, I was gobsmacked by the way street art dominated the suburbs of the Spanish capital. I had the pleasure of staying in one of the most cosmopolitan neighbourhoods – Lavapiés – and stumbled upon new artwork every day.
My newfound appreciation for this genre was only fuelled during my subsequent month in France; specifically in the capital of Paris. Paris boasted a different flavour of street art – more minimalist, performatory – but still one that I could admire.
Through my lens, I captured the standout pieces I discovered over my two months in Spain and France. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the first edition of my Global Street Art series…
Winter is coming… Game of Thrones vibes in Paris
Enjoying the famous mural buildings of Lyon during a French river cruise
A beautiful painting on the side of a building in Madrid’s neighbourhood of Lavapiés
A gorgeous portrait in the French town of Arles in Provence
Quite possibly my favourite graffiti script: I declare war upon this way of dying
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