In the past and still today, street art is seen by some as simply graffiti on house faces, trains station buildings, and electrical boxes, but it is also considered by others to be its own form of art.
Banksy, Vermibus, Barbara, Juliana Santacruz Herrera – artists like them produce unique works of street art that are rivalled by no others. It’s not only the big names that create brilliant works of art that beautify the buildings and squares they’re painted on, but many local graffiti artists also shape the local cityscape.
Graffiti is ephemeral. For the street art photographer, it’s important to be able to capture these wonderful works of art while they’re still there. These artistic pieces are reflections of current affairs and commentate what is currently happening in society. To capture this form of art on film, you’ll need to enter the galleries of these unique artists, namely the streets, squares, and hidden alleyways of the city.
The artists practice their craft on various objects around the city in order to present their messages to a large audience, to a targeted group of people, or even sometimes in hidden alleyways. It’s basically possible to see graffiti anywhere. It’s especially popular to paint, spray-paint, or attach stickers on walls around the city. However, graffiti can be seen even on things like electrical boxes, streetlights, road signs, phone booths, rubbish bins, traffic lights, and sidewalks.
The artists especially like to shape their environment in a creative way and sometimes do things like paint a response to a commercial poster advert. Street artists use a wide variety of different media in order to creatively add to the object’s appearance. They’re not only decorated with graffiti, but also with stickers, paste-up posters, or they’re painted on with markers, paintbrushes, or paint rollers.
In the category street art photography, you’ll learn more about how to discover interesting graffiti while you’re out for a stroll in the city. We’ll also show you different ways to look at art and give you tips on how you can take brilliant photos of these masterpieces. Something you should also be aware of is that there are interesting street art festivals held in Europe every year. Dive into the world of street art.