Photography is a blast — totally fun. Why else would I do it? It’s also widely open to interpretation by each viewer - as is all art. I’ve been pondering that lately, so I thought I’d tip-toe out of my comfort zone and onto a tiny little ledge to personally share what I see in this photo, taken one day in the city.
Here’s the photo.
It’s an old, city wall with a clump of ivy hanging over it and a large, orange graffiti scrawl across the lower right side. Based on an unsolicited critique (by a fellow photographer!) of another of my photos, some may see this as nothing more than a “casual snapshot”. Look a little longer, there are some interesting things going on. Here’s what I see.
There’s more. The heavy scrawl of vivid orange graffiti acts to anchor or ground the image while the cascade of deep green ivy provides (again) that comforting balance. The black “@“ sign, or encircled ‘e’ to the left of the ivy feels vaguely hieroglyphic and I think about the level of importance future cultures may bestow on the Graffiti we are leaving behind. There’s also a metaphorical balancing in the naturally wild, organic growth of ivy and the urban-wild scrawl of spray paint “growing” across the lower wall. I could go on, but I'll show mercy and stop here.
Each viewer will see something different, or nothing at all, but I promise you, the longer you look, the more you’ll see. Wondering what to do with a photo like this? Frame it in basic black or in pale wood, adding urban “edge” to a Wall Grouping or ask for a deckled (torn) edge and float it in a plexiglass frame for a sleek, modern and thoroughly original living room focal point. Oh, and feel free to use my crazy art interpretation at your next uber-sophisticated cocktail party!
Test your own Art Critic skills here — one pro didn’t do so well (neither did I):
All the best,
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