I love this modern graffiti Art, and in the right place it suits areas well and adds colour, creativity, and hope for, other wise dilapidated and run down areas.
Attitudes towards Different Type's
Participants’ responses revealed that they
saw different types of graffiti as sitting on a
spectrum ranging from low quality and less
acceptable at one end to high quality and
more acceptable at the other end.
Although members of the public recognised
broadly similar types of graffiti to those
recorded by ENCAMS through LEQSE, the
language they used to describe them was
not the same. Nor was the way in which
they grouped individual types. For example,
the public used the term ‘tagging’ to refer
to stylised signatures but also to juvenile
scribbling and scratching. They referred
to contentious graffiti, which they called
offensive, and they also recognised two further
categories: ‘community art’ and ‘graffiti art’.
Throughout the rest of the report the language
used by the public to describe graffiti has
been adopted rather than the conventions
used by ENCAMS that were described in
According to the public, graffiti described
as tagging, etching and offensive were the
most unacceptable forms. They made people
feel uncomfortable and insecure about an
area and were felt to drive businesses away.
They were described as mindless, messy,
destructive and ugly. Most people wanted to
see this form of graffiti eradicated.
Graffiti described as ‘community art work’
sat in the middle of the spectrum. Examples
included memorial displays and youth art
projects. They were often sited in parks,
youth centres and on the sides of business
properties. They had permission and hence
were not strictly graffiti. They could be officially
sponsored (e.g. when they appeared on
building and development sites) and were felt
to have some value to the community,
Some info from a survey.
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mesutilgim (81320) 2014-04-26 5:14
In my opinion it's absolutely art ! Art at it's best.
Very well observed and captured. Great effect.
TFS and have a nice weekend
ikeharel (54087) 2014-04-26 7:13
This is sensational graffiti image, Iain.
I enjoy the fresh painted colors on the bricks, baring it's name from - and fabulousely shown this on photo.
Contrast of the diff. tones, clarity and the light upon, all culminate to a great photojob.
Enjoy your weekend,
Noel_Byrne (22092) 2014-04-26 8:56
A great note to accompany this rich photo. My own thoughts would probably be right in the middle. I grew up in an area with high crime, so graffiti tended to more like marking, or tagging a place to claim ownership by the nasty elements, but in recent years I have seen many run down parts of Dublin become enhanced by this kind of work that you have shown here. It contains so much color, and so much expression, and the thing I find most interesting is that it makes you stop and think what the artist means by their work. I look at this, and the woman portrayed seems beautiful, but at the same time very sad. Her downward glance, and the tears that seem to roll down her face from the corner of her eye seem to indicate that there is a deeper meaning here than I can interpret. I wonder if this is a specific meaning, as the woman pictured appears to me to Spanish, or south American?
Whatever the meaning, I find this very beautiful, and I am glad you captured it. No doubt, it wont last long, but you have committed it to the ages here, and that is very important I think. Perhaps in 100 years time, others will look at this and also question its meaning. Very nicely done, a great shot and a brilliant note.
tatadalou (5829) 2014-04-26 9:37
Personnally, I see big differences between graffiti frescoes, and anarchic amount of tags without any creativity placed in some parts of houses or even historical monuments. This one is clearly in the first category, there's a real artistic thought. Very colourful picture. Your shot puts a nice emphase on this piece of art.
r_bodenschatz (169) 2014-04-26 10:11
Love it or hate it? I have twisted feelings about this one. With the white dots it looks more like a vandalized artwork.
lousat (73853) 2014-04-26 15:17
Hi Iain,very interesting your note about the graffiti,and there is a lot of things to tell about this theme,but my english isn't the best as you know...ehehe..just my best compliments for this post,great words and a very brigh pic made with the best detail and colors.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,LUCIANO
mjw364 (7004) 2014-05-01 1:41
Definitely art. I love it. There is a whole genre of photography given to recording this type of art: