Tucked back from the Thames at Southbank, above ground on a walkway behind the QE Hall, you will find a classic work by Phlegm the well-known Sheffield Artist.
It’s not easy to photograph, because being above ground it is impossible to get a straight head-on shot, with tree foliage also getting in the way. I tried to shoot four images on my dSLR, looking up at the mural, but sadly I hadn’t taken my extreme wide-angle lens with me that day. If I had, it might have made things a little easier. As a result all the verticals were distorted and the images hadn’t really lined up either. I very quickly gave up on the idea of attempting to stitch them together. That was back last November. Then I thought a few days ago: nothing ventured, nothing gained. So I loaded them into Photoshop, clicked on Photomerge and waited. Bingo! What a surprise – Photoshop crunched the pixels and produced a stunning result. How does it manage that? Here is the resulting four image Panorama. Remember to click the image to see a higher quality enlargement.
Phlegm’s work won’t be to everyone’s taste – his work is highly distinctive – fantastical creatures and objects being the main ingredient. But like so many Graphic Artists his work is precise, brilliantly designed and expertly painted. You will find his work widely on view across the UK and overseas.
Below you will find three close-ups from the mural. Click on them to see enlargements.
If you are interested to know more about Phlegm, then here are some links for you to investigate:
For Phlegm’s blog – click here. Click here for a brief biopic and a link to view a sequence of images of a mural in the making. Click here to view an article in the Guardian Newspaper with a set of 12 images of Phlegm’s work from around the world. And finally click here to go to the Sheffield Street Art webpage featuring Phlegm’s latest art in Sheffield and for a set of further links.