Friday, August 22, 2014

BLUE (233/365 DAYS, 4.0)

Last chapter of my review of the 
No need to get the blues 
as I got some right here for you. 
3 Graffiti with the color blue in common.


"DETAIL of a COLLECTIVE GRAFFITI on DE BULLION STREET 
[UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]"


"GRAFFITI by AUDE GIVARC'H (@audemaeva)
 [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]"


"GRAFFITI by OLIVIER BONNARD (BONAR)
 [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]"

So, 
for the past week, 
I've shown you what captured my attention, 
but there is more to see. 
Should you ever find yourself in the area, 
take the time to wander the streets surrounding 
Under Pressure and Les Foufounes Electriques
which means mainly St Catherine (east) to the south, 
Boisbriand Street to the north, 
St Dominique to the west 
and St Elisabeth to the east. 
But urban art expands well beyond these limits throughout the city, 
thankfully!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

IN THE EYE of the BEHOLDER (232/365 DAYS, 4.0)

Beauty. 
What is beauty? 
It is something we can all appreciate, 
yet it differs for each one of us. 
While we may agree on some things, 
we may not agree on all things. 
And it's OK!!


"GRAFFITI by TYLER K. RAUMAN [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

For me, 
it is a combination of many elements, 
such as the originality of what I see 
and if I desire to immerse myself in this world, 
feeling drawn in... 
It is also about the color scheme as some colors totally turn me off. 
The technique in which colors were applied 
and of course, 
shapes and distribution within the space, 
meaning if the artist has covered the space allotted to him/her 
in a well balanced fashion, 
not showing weaker spots. 

The picture above illustrates quite well what appeals to me. 
This is a close-up shot of the work by Tyler K. Rauman
You can see more of his work here.


"GRAFFITI in DOORWAY [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

I found a reference about this work 
but I am uncertain about which part of the mural it pertains to, 
so I'll just keep it anonymous... 
But it is quite eye catching, 
that mouth in the doorway and those eyes in the windows. 
It speaks to me as am I not a voyeur in this world, 
ever carrying my camera with me and observing the world surrounding me!?! 
And I have derived much pleasure orally speaking... 
what with food, wine, men, 
and not especially in that order!!!


"GRAFFITI on GARBAGE BIN [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

This was done on a garbage bin 
and there was a truck parked right next to it, 
leaving me very little space to photograph this. 
So I cheated with Photoshop to make my picture whole. 
I love skulls 
so this was to me already a winner. 


"GRAFFITI by OKIES MTL [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

A Frenchman traveling the world, 
influenced early in life by comic books and hip-hop music, 
he is currently in Montreal 
And I love his style. 
Is he here to stay, 
or just passing through? 
Who knows?!? 
I found a few references but no personal blog or Tumblr, or whatever... 
Perhaps he's too busy to deal with such things.


"GRAFFITI by LABRONA [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

Last but not least, 
I took these close-ups to focus on his work 
as this was part of a collaboration with another artist. 
I love his characters 
and it is always a pleasure to find out more of his work around town. 
You might want to check out those pictures I took at the Jarry subway station a while back. 

All in all, 
we can agree that beauty is a personal perception. 
I'm only glad Montreal offers much to test our sensibility toward beauty itself. 
And also, 
I welcome any [verified] info about the missing names of those artists present in this post.
I would gladly update it with the proper information. 
And I would like to remind readers that these new art works were part of 
the annual graffiti convention held in Montreal.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CONTEXT (231/365 DAYS, 4.0)

Context, 
from their point of view, 
and mine. 
Graffiti artists have to contend with many things, 
such as the texture of the surface, 
confined spaces and obstacles, 
and in other venues other than the annual convention of 
police repression, 
as graffiti remains a marginal form of art. 
Me as a photographer, 
I have to deal with obstacles and perspectives, 
and my own interpretation of their work, 
and finding out who did what...


"GRAFFITI by HOARKOR WITH BARBED WIRES 
[UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

I saw a bear and I obviously could not ignore this. 
And I like the presence of the barbed wires in this shot. 
The fence appeared locked 
so I had no other choice than integrating the fence in my photographs. 
No way I would even attempt climbing over it. 
I value my family jewels... 


"GRAFFITI by HOARKOR THROUGH FENCE
[UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

Same artist, 
and the HRKR led me to this site 
and I found his website
That's why I love the internet. 
You get to find out stuff you would otherwise ignore. 
I find that the fence and the no parking sign nicely complement his work. 


"GRAFFITI by MARK ESPRIT [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

While I am not sure if this specific piece is by him 
as it was part of a larger mural which I've photographed in detailed shots 
rather than the whole thing... 
You'll see another piece later on this week. 
When I saw this, 
what came to mind was that, 
if you care about peace matters, 
it's bound to give you a headache 
the size of that window sill in his forehead....


"GRAFFITI on DE BULLION STREET [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]"

If someone knows the name(s) here, 
would be much appreciated. 
I found other pictures but they referred only to the event. 
As you can see, 
I had to deal with city workers digging a hole in the pavement. 
I managed to avoid the other workers and the truck, 
but one of them now has his ass immortalized in my picture... 
Since they looked like they would be staying awhile, 
I worked first at an angle, 
and the other shot, 
I held the camera high above my head 
to avoid seeing theirs... 
Interesting piece though, 
well worth the effort.


"GRAFFITI by BENNY BOREAUX (BORO) [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]"

Due to the scale of this piece, 
I went panoramic with 3 vertical frames, 
and I got a case of [slight] distortion. 
Kinda like it though!! 
I also found his website
Funny characters and the whole piece is quite pleasant to look at.

Stay tuned as I'll reveal more beauties in the days ahead!!
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