Project Athena - Day 252 (Graffiti)

Art Man Do Silva

I am done chasing graffiti, thank you. After almost being arrested for trespassing and hauled off to Guantánamo, I am glad to see this theme come to a conclusion even though the experience forced me to expand my vision of this theme.

This amazing wall mural is in Greeley, CO and was painted by an artist named Armando Ivan Silva Garcia. He actually has several large murals around town that are equally stunning (  Check out his website to see the full mural.

I was intrigued by the eyes on this one.

Einstein's Eyes from Mural by Armando Ivan Silva Garcia, Greeley, CO

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 22mm • F/25 • 1/25s • ISO 400


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


Project Athena - Day 246 (Graffiti)

The Writing is On the Walls

This week is graffiti and I can tell already it is going to take me WAY out of my comfort zone. I shot this one yesterday at an underpass in Fort Collins. I noticed as I was out scouting around, I felt just a little more edgy than usual. I don't know if was the nature of the art or the location but the subversiveness was palpable.

I live in a fairly graffiti free town where the city commissions artist to paint on utility boxes in an effort to deter graffiti artists from using them as their canvases. Still, every once in awhile, I have run across an area of town where the spray painters go crazy. This is one of those places.

Underpass Graffiti Wall

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/22 • 1/50s • ISO 400