Monday, November 16, 2009

Street Graffiti - Rome

Graffiti is markings, as in initials, slogans, or drawings, written, spray-painted, or sketched on a sidewalk, wall of a building or even buses and trains.

The origin of graffiti referred to the inscriptions and figure drawings found on the walls of ancient tombs or ruins, as in the Catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii.

Graffiti has evolved to include any graphics applied to surfaces in a manner that resembles vandalism.

Is graffiti just an unappreciated form of art?
Or is it often resented for its illegal displays of expression?

What I find fascinating is its universal existence.

Almost anywhere in the world, the presence of graffiti in the form of spray paint, sticker, stenciling, and even street posters are used to express a thought, political statement, gang loyalty or even devotions of love.

Is it Destruction or Design?



David Purslow said...

It takes a special eye that see's something some people would see as mess and turn it into art. These shots are amazing - great vision


Susan Kozlowski said...

Thank you David - its a fancinating study


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