The following pictures of Generation X in 1970s Chicago were part of the Documerica series sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Series. Creative Commons License applies. Which picture do you like the best? I love the one of the boy coming out of the walk-up convenience store. I love the phone booth, the RC Cola […]
A Beautiful Collection of Graffiti Pictures
Several years ago, I photographed a lot of graffiti. I like to think of it as an act of listening. The writer Brenda Ueland said it's the only way to really love someone. And, graffiti artists need and want to be heard.
So, for a few years, I documented their work and listened to what the graff writers and artists in my community had to say. I learned a lot from all that listening and a lot of graff writers wrote to me. They wrote to me more than anybody else ever has. Among the subjects I photographed were:
I hope you enjoy these posts. What do you hear? By the way, the cellophane graffiti was my favorite. The first and last time I ever saw it was in the park that day.
Also, the more I listened, the more I heard. Everywhere I went for two years, I saw nothing but this special form of street art. When I stopped listening, I stopped seeing it.
Across trains and bridges, rooftops and billboards, the graff writer purges his pent-up emotions. His tragic losses unravel in streams and clouds of colorful paint. The nozzle becomes a vehicle for his catharsis, and he might as well be cutting for the paint is a synthetic blood. All across America, he cries out in wild […]
Oklahoma City Rush Hour: Trucks, Cars, Buses, Trains | Near the Oklahoma State Capitol
I was stopped at a train and saw this awful thing go by. I was just sitting there and decided to take pictures of the graffiti whizzing by. Meanwhile, two Black teenagers walked up. I liked the boy’s hot pink backpack and clicked a few pictures of him and the girl with my iPhone. They […]
Graffiti Wednesday There’s a beautiful new wheat paste installation on the side of Raylyn Taylor Salon in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley. It’s by the artist Sam Douglas who I wrote about in May. He’s the guy who did the wheat paste on the Waste Management dumpster in the Paseo Arts District. You should click that […]
In the aftermath of the May 20, 2013, F5 tornado that killed 25 Oklahomans including seven children, a graffiti artist painted a tornado mural. It is located on an abandoned building on the outskirts of downtown Oklahoma City, SW 5th Street just west of Broadway. The entire thing was created using spray paint. A lot […]