Project Athena - Day 247 (Graffiti)

When Did Life Get So Sanitized?

So today, I burned through a quarter tank of gas scouting for graffiti. In a Prius, this means a lot of driving only to realize how very sanitized this town is. I can see evidence of what was once someone's crime art. But every wall, fence, semi trailer, back alley trash can, and underpass has been Disneyfied. The world appears to be perfect here in Loveland. It's as though we have painted over all records of our pain. We have wiped from the collective conscience any signs of war, sadness, boredom, class warfare, racism, and homelessness.

This is not me promoting vandalism. I have no appreciation for those who deface another person's property or a beautiful national monument. Nor am I saying that all graffiti art is about these human conditions. But when did life become so sanitized?

This was a shot I took from a rooftop in Fort Collins about a year ago. I didn't appreciate its dystopian quality of it until today.

Rooftop View of Graffiti

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 55mm • F/5.6 • 1/30s • ISO 400