Sunday, February 03, 2013

Before ... and After

Wild Stallion, Jaffa, Israel, November 2012, Nikon D600 with FX 50mm lens, 
1/15 sec @ f1.8, ISO 1600, 0 EV, no flash © Steven Crisp  [Click on the photo to enlarge]

Now that is some impressive graffiti.  Certainly a talented artist made this mural on the side of a concrete bulding.  And I love how the artist ignored the depth and material changes in his "canvas".  I think it is really impressive.

Now if you take a look at the photo below, you will see what the building looks like without the mural/grafitti.


Now you might think this is a "Before and After" comparison, and it is.  However, the second shot is the "after".  Yes, for some reason, the building owner (I assume) decided to paint over the mural with this really attractive grey paint ;-)

Now I don't begrudge the owner doing whatever he thinks is needed.  Nor am I lamenting the loss of that great Wild Stallion mural/grafitti.  No, my point is that you must not assume things will always remain as they are.  Everything is impermanent.

That's not good or bad, it just is what it is.  So seize the day, and make your art while you still can.   Tomorrow, who knows?  Your mural may be lost, but everyone who has seen it will be the better for it.  And now look what you have -- another blank canvas.  What more could an artist hope for?

2 comments:

Honeybee said...

How wonderful that you were able to capture the shot before the artwork was covered up. It brings to mind who owns the artwork since it was on private property. Something that Banksy fans have been hearing about.

Steven Crisp said...

Fascinating Honeybee -- embarrassed to say I had not heard of Banksy, though I guess he is a bit conflicted (street graffiti artist or extremely clever art marketeer).

I've seen some of his work in Tel Aviv, though I didn't know it at the time.

I just think it's great when graffiti really does become art and offers something to the masses. I have a keyword "graffiti" in my photo collection, and enjoy reflecting on the message of these "street poets". Love the talented ones.