The Street Art of Brighton

During my recent trip to Brighton, I could not help but be distracted by the abundant and amazing street art all over the place. The main purpose of my trip was to visit Vegfest, but as soon as I ventured into the Lanes and North Laines in search of vegetarian restaurants and awesome clothes shops, I was surrounded by colour and imagination. My camera was virtually clicking away by itself. I’d spot a piece of street art, walk over to check it out, and then see another piece on yet another side street that I hadn’t noticed before. Before I knew it, I was three or four streets away from where I had intended and an hour behind schedule. I got some great photos, though, and I just had to share them with you.

Street Art in Reykjavik

Just as when I travel anywhere, I took lots of photos of the street art I saw in Reykjavik. I was really surprised at how much there is there, and the range in quality. From professional pieces on the sides of restaurants and bars that have obviously been commissioned, to the scrawlings of a teenager with a spray can, I’ve never seen so much graffiti in such a condensed area. Here are some of my favourites:

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Made in Roath: Part 4

If you’ve ever read my blog before, you’ll know that I love street art. During the Made in Roath festival, there was lots of new street art that popped up around the neighbourhood. What made it more exciting was that we weren’t told exactly where the new pieces were going to be or what they would depict. You’d here a rumour from someone who’d spotted one, and then everyone would dash off to see it for themselves. Here’s the ones that I managed to find:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Michelle W’s picture for this week’s photo challenge (Saturated, click here to see more entries) reminded me of my trip to London in June.

I’d gone to Brick Lane with the intention of doing some shopping, bu didn’t find much to buy and was instead distracted by all the street art. I’d never visited this part of the city before, and I didn’t realise that graffiti is so prolific in the area. Not only is it really colourful, there are lots of different styles and it is all really good street art.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

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If you’ve ever read my blog before, you’ll know that I love graffiti and street art. The above example adorns the side of a building next to our community garden. In my opinion it is most defintely a masterpiece.

Although I am very artistic myself, I’m no good at working on big pieces like this. It’s the animator in me – I’m used to working on a really, really small scale 🙂

This is my entry in the Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece. Click here to see other masterpieces.

Travel Theme: Walls

Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack has come up with an interesting travel theme this week: Walls. Click here to see what everyone else has come up with.

I’m always taking photos of walls, usually because of the textures. A lot of walls catch my attention for another reason, though – the graffiti painted on them. Here are a couple of my favourites.

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I photographed this wall at the highest point in Germany, on top of the Zugspitze at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I didn’t find out why the graffiti was there or what it meant, and it’s not the best example, but it was the location and the fact that it has been preserved while the rest of the building has been renovated that attracted me to it.

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And some great examples of wall art in Pisa, Italy.

Italian Street Art

During my recent trip to Italy, one thing I noticed in abundance everywhere I went was the amount of really good street art. It was painted on the walls of subways, train stations, on the sides of the trains themselves, on temporary walls to hide building sites. Basically, anywhere that there was space that wasn’t already being used.

I know a lot of people just see street art as vandalism, but my personal opinion is that, when it’s done properly, it’s beautiful. Here are some photos I took whilst wandering around Italy.

I also really like the design of this building – I assume it’s supposed to echo the Leaning Tower of Pisa that is just a couple of miles away