We here at Fall Into Street are always trying to get into different things. We’ll always be street photographers at heart but wanting to try or learn something new is natural. For me, I have an interest in graffiti/street art and living in Manhattan there is definitely no shortage of this. I had some free time after work one day so I grabbed my camera and headed out in search of interesting graffiti.
It seems like whenever I walk around this neighborhood, I always spot something different. I feel like I know the area pretty well but I don’t recall every seeing this gate graffiti. It’s interesting and detailed and beautiful. The woman sitting in the corner is a perfect example of what I meant when I said we’ll always be street photographers at heart. True, she was sitting right in front of the gate so if I wanted to photograph the gate, I would also have to photograph her. However, the look of suspicion that she is giving me kind of adds something to the picture than if I had just been photographing the gate by itself. I like the setup for two reasons. One, I could truly pretend to be focused on photographing something other than the woman and two, she couldn’t really say anything to me because she was sitting right in front of a very detailed piece of art.
While I do enjoy a good piece of street art, it can get a bit boring if you are just showing the graffiti itself, no matter how detailed and interesting. I think that going forward I’m going to try and incorporate my style of street photography with street art. Esther does it all the time and I really like pictures where she gets people walking by art walls or when the patterns of something nearby present an interesting juxtaposition with the patterns of the person’s clothing.