Weekly Photo Challenge (Culture)

My thoughts are well and truly provoked with the challenge this week. I’m from the Antipodes, live in London and travel as much as I am able. My options are  various.

One image I’m drawn to and always photograph wherever I am is graffiti or urban art as it’s now called, rightly in many cases I think.

Similar/different across cultural boundaries? You be the judge.

Wellington, the city dubbed ‘wild at heart’.

Meanwhile 11,000 miles away in Zurich.

London town, in and around Spitalfields and Brick Lane.

And I’m going to leave the last word to Christchurch as she tries to heal her wounds after the earthquakes.

positivity
positivity

Same or different, the urban art culture is flourishing. What will be there next time I pass by?

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34 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge (Culture)

  1. There is a fine line between mindless although often skilfullly executed graffiti and street art.

    I think it is interesting and I like seeing photos of it on other blogs, but I don’t understand the motivation behind it I suppose.

    1. I have to say, in central city arenas, I love it. Spray cans across private property, absolutely not. And, as in the case of my final, Christchurch photo, there’s even a worthwhile message.
      Thanks for your comments 🙂

  2. We had the graffiti discussion already so I’ll simply say that enjoyed the color and variety of the art, especially the horse and rider

    Hope your weekend’s off to a good start.

    janet

    1. I am so pleased with it. It’s scary pushing the ‘activate’ button but I’ve been looking for a while, weather to upgrade 2012 or go for a change and I decided to bite the bullet.
      thanks re the pics 🙂

  3. These are great photos! There are a lot of great street artists in my area, I really should take pictures of some of the pieces. I never really think to take photos of my own city for some reason. For me, I think of “street art” as being separate from “graffiti,” which I think of as vandalism/the pointless scrawling of spray paint across people’s property (although I know not everyone would separate the terms in that way). But in my experience, true street artists are looking to add a positive message or a thing of beauty to an area where there is none, and I think they add a lot of character to a city. So interesting to see these examples from around the world!

    1. I so agree about street art v graffiti. It can be a very fine line though. There is tagging on either side of the monochrome mounted soldier in Spitalfields.
      Now you have two targets – street art and light shades! Where will all this end?

      1. The back Mrs Carmichael, is taking all the strain of fatherhood, grandfather-hood and manhood squarely on it’s pivotal point(s) … thanks for inquiring though… it is touching! 😉

  4. Love your photos of the street art in Wellington, Zurich, and London. I enjoyed capturing the colorful street art in Athens and Crete when I was there last September. 🙂

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