This is a shot of Windmill Lane, a small street in central Dublin, in the south cities docklands area.
The street is most famous for the Windmill Lane studios, also known as the U2 studio. Originally the studio was used for recording traditional Irish music but U2 were the first rock band to use the place. After U2 came to use it, many other Irish acts followed, including Sinead O Connor, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello.
Today the studios themselves (not pictured here) have been renovated and are regarded as one of the finest in Ireland with the facility now boasting three top of the range recording studios as well as a creative hub for digital media training in music and film production and game design.
Although most noted for the iconic recording studio situated here, the street has also become famous for the graffiti which adorns literally every inch of the buildings here. There is graffiti on the walls, the road, the footpaths, the roadsigns and even the parking meters. Although it is widely believed that this area allows graffiti (known as a legal wall), there is no source to prove that is the case, and a search online will find many tales of taggers who have had their tools and paints confiscated by the local police when caught creating their artwork.
Despite this, the area still draws many street artists, and it is a known fact that anything you see on the walls today will likely be gone in a couple of weeks, as layer upon layer of new art gets added. Most likely, everything you can see in this shot here is now painted over with newer additions. This would explain why some graffiti artists have gone to great lengths to make their mark less accessible, including high up on the red bricked modern apartments to the right of this shot.
This tradition began with tourists signing the walls when they came to visit, in the hope that U2 might see it, then in 1996 the first major graffiti pieces appeared. It has grown significantly from that point and its the only place I know in Ireland where graffiti appears on the ground.
Despite the fame of this place, it does feel like a very run down area, and I guess the graffiti doesn't help as my natural inclination is to associate this kind of graffiti with more run down areas. Even though, it still gets many tourists who come from overseas to see this iconic place.
Thanks for looking.
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emka (87696) 2013-11-03 10:03
Hi Noel, In fact, I hate such "masterpieces" but sometimes, when they cover big areas and change when new come, they become interesting and attract visitors. Nice place and the drawings on the ground are unusual.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-11-03 12:13
Very good presentation of this street full of graffiti. Many celebrities was there. Interesting place. TFS!
carlo62 (39863) 2013-11-03 14:31
la foto e la nota sono molto contrastanti, qui si vede una parte della cittą che sembra quasi abbandonata al proprio destino, mentre la nota parla di un luogo vivo, dove prende anima una delle migliori musiche a livello mondiale.
Una bella condivisione.
worldcitizen (7736) 2013-11-03 16:20
More cool and colorful street art; I've never seen the floor painted before as well as the walls. :-) This area reminds me of a place here in NYC called Five Points. Street artists have taken over several abandoned buildings and created some amazing art. There is a gritty feeling to this spot, and it's nice to learn about the history of it, too, from your note.
bukitgolfb301 (38064) 2013-11-03 16:59
Hi dear Noel
Different style and theme from you, but top qiality shot as usual. Nice and unique attention and very real and clear presentation. So funny road, I want to walk along with--.
All the best and have a good new week! TAKERO
kim_gwan (418) 2013-11-03 22:25
Good Day Noel,
Very impressive, simple and yet organized graffiti!
Excellent caption of the revolution of arts and expression. Not only the wall but the road as well!!!
Hope this continue to churn out quality artist like U2, The Joy Formidable, Florence & The Machine, etc rather than hopeless Gaga n sMiley...
Graffiti in asia is considered destruction to public properties, though things have loosen up a little bit to promote and cultivate artists especially in singapore.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-04 1:09
il colore non manca di certo in questa strada ormai divenuta ostaggio dei writers che se a volte rendono gradevoli alcuni aspetti della cittą in altri casi, e qui ce ne sono anche degli esempi, deturpano gli edifici.
In questa strada ad esempio l'edificio industriale ben si presta all'opera di writers, mentre gli edifici sulla destra sono stati completamente deturpati senza alcun motivo valido.
Ciao e buona settimana
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-11-04 1:25
legal or not,I find a good graffiti(of course not everywhere)can really adorn and animate an area.Here the street looks really amazing and after we“ve learned its story thanks to your note we can feel its spirit and "rock" atmosphere even better.
Cool shot my friend!
Have a nice day
serp2000 (42268) 2013-11-04 3:27
When I saw this thumbnail my first idea was about Christiania or another blocks in Copenhagen. ;)
It looks same, amazing graffiti, unfortunately, I can't paint and I envy to talents.
Good presentation of Dublin history!
jhm (145306) 2013-11-04 4:53
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
This is a new era with the a lot walls full with graffiti.
I find graffiti nice on a moment that one or two artists work on the same place
Depth and perspective are excellent created.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
Indrasish (2931) 2013-11-04 5:24
wow!! What a place!! Excellent shot Noel.. Very colorful graffities on whole wall.. I like it.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done my friend.. And thanks for your interesting note.. Wonderful presentation..
Good night and best wishes from Kolkata..
mjw364 (2) 2013-11-04 7:22
Interesting note - I like the fact that this area is so immersed in creativity that even the roads are full of graffiti. I think it is as it should be and although it is a run down area it adds life to the area better than any renovation with a shopping mall or load of new build houses. The place is a work of art in itself.
Fis2 (90951) 2013-11-04 9:24
A very interesting place (studio).
I like perspective and colors.
Very impressive picture.
ourania (37514) 2013-11-04 14:41
what would this setting look like and be without the colours, interest and vibrancy of the graffitti (although the love of the artists who have recorded there is enough to create a timeless allure:). Even if it can't be considered art, it is an intriguing way of self and collective expression. The shape and style of the buildings say that this place would look impersonal and dull and it actually called for the graffitti to inspire some life in it. It's interesting that the drawings and inscriptions change so often, taking frequent pictures of this place would be like keeping a diary. You kept your composition as simple as necessary, lighting, sharpness and colour definition are great. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
Sonata11 (33697) 2013-11-04 19:44
very beautiful composition of graffiti with fascinated management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity. Like it. Perfectly well done. Tfs.
Best regards, Barbara
danos (91228) 2013-11-05 0:38
colourful the graffiti on the walls of the Windmill Lane,with the falling light to enhance the vivid colours of it.I like the clarity as the sharpness of the scene with the details to are captured superb.
Kugart (1778) 2013-11-05 1:35
I have learnt more about interesting places in Dublin than I would ever get from any tourist guide. Anyone visiting Dublin for the first time would do well visiting your gallery first before planning their trip. Here is another interesting place steeped in modern history. Nice diagonal shot of the wall with all the amazing colourful graffiti on it. I like the way you have included the road and some surrounding buildings which gives the full atmosphere of the area.
All the best
macjake (62364) 2013-11-06 1:21
yes, i'd actually like to see this place as well, but not only for the graffiti, but for the overall area. I love these industrial types just as much as the new modern types.
funny how they even use the street. lots of color, lots of pizazz and interest.
cool cultural shot
delpeoples (55380) 2013-11-06 4:33
What a fascinating photo of this famous yet underrated place. I've never thought to visit here, but reading your note, think I've made a big mistake in not doing so. As you say, it looks a little run-down, but I like that edgy-grungy feel to the place and really if it was all spic and span, would look a little plastic. So excellent capture, and as I've said before, you should run Noel's Tours. Your knowledge of and passion for this great city is infectious.
Thanks for sharing, have a great day
SnapRJW (31627) 2013-11-06 4:50
Hello Noel - I'm all behind with my critiquing but I couldn't miss this one out. A shot that speaks volumes about the love of the Irish ans visitors for U2. The consensus is out regarding graffiti but I quite like urban expression of this kind. It's a bit like hip-hop only visual. Not sure if you have seen this site but do have a look, I'm sure you will find it as amusing as I did. http://dublingraffitied.com/
Warm regards Rosemary
willperrett (8817) 2013-11-06 6:11
I like this: street photography is one of my favourite genres. Great colours, and the design has been practically done for you by the graffiti artists. The lack of human presence is noticeable; but their exclusion may add to the gritty urban feel you've created. It reminds me of parts of Brighton, which have had similar treatment. Here's my take on Brighton's graffiti.
fotka (3983) 2013-11-08 5:12
Well, local authority don't like this kind of activity but in this situation is a piece of history.
They should keep this because attract many tourists.
Great diagonal composition this colorful photo. Superb quality and very interesting note.
Have a nice weekend,
Miguel82 (26905) 2013-11-08 7:36
Your photo comment is very informative dear Noel, I didn't know U2 studio was there. The graffitis are nice, the panda is the most visible element, clever inclusion in your pov. There are graffittis even on the road itself! Excellent report from Dublin docks
All the best, have a nice evening
abmdsudi (47766) 2013-11-08 21:47
A well spotted opportunity and the catchy artwork! to brighten up the diffuse dull day, which has been remarkably painted and so well taken in this manner. Interesting stuff although I miss the human touch, this is a real feast to the eyes and great examples of street wall art. Well done
fabbs99 (16841) 2013-11-08 21:53
Nice shot of the colorful graffiti from Dublin.The shot is simple but having excellent sharpness and clarity.The colors are deep and the details are excellently expressed. TFS.
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (27791)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-03 7:57