If you visit me from time to time, you probably know I love graffiti. More so I love street art. I'm inclined to like the random words and shapes someone felt a need to share publicly. I don't understand the attraction; maybe leftover defiance that needs to work itself out or maybe enjoying the sneaky factor of the "doer". Whatever. It is what it is.
Often my fave images are those I take instantaneously. I glance, see something and snap-just because my instinct tells me to. I am surprised how often they are good photos, photos that have reasonably good composition to them. This image is one.
Which leads me to this choice. I am a trained musician. I am LOUSY at art. Always was. My brother's quillling and drawings were framed and hung around the house when I was growing up. I had one. Even my parents knew I was lousy at art tho' it was their actions not words that told me. The one piece that was hung for others to see was a block art stamp-an absolute copy of the life size poster of Bobby Orr I'd taped on the wall in my bedroom.
It took time for me to call myself an artist-but I do. I know my photography is art and sometimes I'm still dumbfounded that I've been able to be successful with this art form. Someone said-it might have been Kat-that art is additive. You put things on paper or sculpture or canvas-you keep adding until it "is". Except photography, it's subtractive. With photography, you take something away not add to. Maybe Kat didn't say this and she might like to argue the point, but I'm good with my interpretation.
My block print was sort of subtractive too-as I'd copied something else. (Hey, that's how JS Bach learned to compose.) It seems when I shoot pictures that the art already exists and I just happen to see it, capture it, and take it away to add to my collection of thousands.
So how do you read this message left on the wall? The message, the words? I glimpsed down an alley saw it in the corner of my eye, put myself in reverse, snapped, and then read it. I don't know where the emphasis goes with this. Is it saying "yes I do love art" or "damn it....you should love art" or is it like a found heart? Or in the multiple choice question is it D. "all of the above"?
Another month another practice. Thanks for checking out mine.
P.S. Do you see how damn close I'm getting to the end of my 365? Whoot. Last month-haven't missed a day and don't plan to. Going to do it again too if you'd like to join me. I'm beginning on Sept 1. Does that make it a 730?