Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY (230/365 DAYS, 4.0)

Calligraphy is not a lost art 
but it sure has changed over time. 
Centuries ago, 
writing was done according to various styles, 
be it like Gothic or Romanesque, 
with very specific characteristics, 
done with a quill (feather) over parchment. 
I personally have two Murano glass pens, 
one with a metal tip and the other with a glass tip. 
While I've put this kind of writing aside since I've gone virtual, 
they remain beautiful pieces of art. 
But there are those who still express themselves in writing, 
with a spray can!! 
While I admire the genre, 
I sometimes find it difficult to decipher what is written, 
as each one goes with his/her own style. 
Remember, 
I am not part of that scene, 
but merely an observer.


"Graffiti by OLITO [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

Good thing the artist signed below, 
because I was reading something more like "AEJTA"... 
I guess it takes some getting used to.


"Graffiti Up On the Wall [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]"

Beautiful graphics but I have no idea what it says... 
Nor by whom it is.
Help?!?


"Scribe Graffiti, Parking Meter and Misery [UNDER PRESSURE 2014, MONTREAL]" 

A few years ago, 
I took a picture at that same spot 
where the main color in the graffiti was yellow, 
and someone had parked a yellow bike!! 
Made for a great picture. 
Now this year, 
when I saw this across the street, 
I grabbed the camera and tried to avoid including pedestrians, 
as much as trucks passing by would allow me. 
I noticed someone on the sidewalk 
but was too focused to really see who was there. 
Once I got home, 
I uploaded my pics on the computer to see them up close 
and decide on what I should keep, or not. 
It is only then that I saw the shape lying on the sidewalk was a woman. 
I felt embarrassed... 
I went back later, 
but she was gone. 
Hopefully, 
to find something to eat, 
and a safer place to be... 
The reality of living in the city hits you sometimes, 
unexpectedly!!

UPDATE: 
this last shot is by SCRIBE CSX.

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