Street Art

Mural - Spitalfields, London - click to enlarge

Today’s images of Street Art come from a quarter-mile walk up Brick Lane and into Hanbury Street in the Spitalfields area of East London.

The people who produce Street Art are usually anonymous, but their work has style, substance and often an undeniable quality. It also has the power to brighten an urban landscape that may be in a state of decay. They deserve better recognition, and that is reason enough for me to put them up on this Blog for you to view and comment on.

There are three genres in this post. First, the header – a huge Mural of a Heron, spanning four storeys of the end wall of a block of properties. An impressive large-scale artwork.

Second – part of a Wall Painting at street level.

Wall Painting - Spitalfields, London - click to enlarge

This is not the image I intended to capture.  There was a photographer’s malfunction!

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The image I wanted is in the thumbnail reject (left).  But in the haste to grab the shot before I was run down by a taxi I didn’t spot the jarring sun-stripe bisecting the face; and to compound my error I failed to check the histogram. Basic mistakes, I freely admit. But I rescued an image that you see above that doesn’t do the Artist justice (I’ll get back for a second shot), but it seeks to create a dynamic or balance between the face and the fractured ‘eye’ in the left half of the frame. Does that work?

Third – a piece of Poster Art that ticks a few boxes for me.

Poster Lady - Brick Lane, London - click to enlarge

The extravagantly coiffed hair and ink-lined face of this lady, create something that – for me – has presence, even elegance; superimposed on the scribbles of others. She may be damaged and slightly tattered around the edges but she’s very much still there. What’s the story behind this, I wonder?

Street Art is becoming an interest of mine and I’ll come back to it again later this year.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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9 Responses to Street Art

  1. Great finds Andy. I love street art.

  2. What I find interesting about the second image is that your original capture with the light cracking the face in half holds a lot of interest to me. Very nice images.

  3. Jimi Jones says:

    Awesome stuff, Andy. These are great. Often there are so many things in our neighborhoods that we pass on the way to something else. 🙂

  4. Nice series of shots. I actually like the “mistake” shot best. It’s a compelling pov.

  5. Eden says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    Great choice in composition on that second shot 🙂

  6. Marc says:

    Interesting shots. Not really a fan of street art but you’re right, it is certainly on the rise in London. Could be due to the popularity and notoriety of Banksy?

  7. Jani says:

    wow, the first painting was amazing! 🙂

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