Aug 18, 2009

Angel in the Alley

ok, trying to get back into it. I'm not too bad on running around with a camera in humidity and heat. This was taken back in an alley along Georgia Ave. I believe Petworth area.

May 6, 2009

Woman at the corner of Petworth Liquors

Such a really nice mural and its by Petworth Liquors...Why? Great color composition with an active street scene to her left.
As I've been adding this Google map Street views, its kinda cool seeing that most of these posts and the associated street pieces usually don't appear. I haven't been able to find if Google calls out when the photos are taken but I curious if they are recent.
Well is a perfect example of where street art can really activate the street scape and improve the areas surrounding. I wonder how these pieces are "protected" by other artists. Maybe there's an unspoken rule, if there isn't, there should be :)

[Taken near Georgia Ave and Kenyon streets NW, on 4/19/09]

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Apr 23, 2009

Little girl, why do you have grenade in your hand?

I thought this was a powerful one and coincidentally, so did someone else as I was taking the shot. I ended up having a good conversation with this man about the meaning of the one. We talked of innocence, puppeteer-ing, war and greed in a good 10 minute conversation. I've been trying to get a shot of this one for a while and finally got it. Rain had been getting in the way.

[Taken near Georgia Ave and Quincy streets NW, on 4/19/09]

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Apr 20, 2009

This is another fantastic mural I found on my walk along Georgia Ave. The scale, use of color and juxaposition of figures I thought were done well. I particulary like the way the figure in the middle with that hat on was painted.

[Taken near Georgia Ave and Lamont streets NW, on 4/19/09]

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Mar 31, 2009

Captain Arturo Hits Dupont

A cool little tag. Supposedly he has been hitting up all along between Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle. Not much to say here, figurine with a mask contain a large letter "A" and wings similar to Captain America. Maybe brothers?

Mar 19, 2009

Urban canvas

I've had this interest in areas of space on a wall or even ground that allow for or "ask for" open posting and expression. In urban areas, a lot of the color and jazz comes from these dynamically changing pieces, whether is a continuous layered posting of advertisements, movie openings, lost pets or to the current extreme, Times Square, Tokyo and etc where technology replaces the physical tagging or stapling. I tend to prefer the physical rather that the big screens (call me ol'skool, though sometimes it's cool but can be overwhelming and poorly done). In the posting, you have the repetitious pattern created from arraying the posters along the area.
So I call it an urban canvas. I would hope to experiment in design a space that creatively allows for just an open canvas, beyond just a blank wall and locating it in the right place.

Mar 10, 2009

"If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now. But you still could not vote."

Right in the mist of Adams Morgan. Tuck in one of the alleys where there's a pretty cool building with what I can remember as a connector bridge articulated like a warehouse with huge windows.
The quote " If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now" has several references, one being an album by "The Nields" focusing on the topic of searching for "home." Funny enough, later on that day randomly ran into a buddy and after talking about some soccer, touched on the topic of DC and being such a transient city. Very rare you find someone who is a "local." Hell, I may be considered a "local" to some for being around for about 4 years...ha, kinda crazy to realize it has been that long.

[Taken near Belmont and 18th streets NW, on 3/08/09]

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