For the record, I haven't turned my hand to graffiti art! I have decided to post these images here instead of on my photo a day blog because these images graffiti art represents a particular group of artists that I have always been intrigued by. The stenciled artworks to me represent street art, the scrawled words graffiti. Personally I feel that the scrawled swear words are ugly and problem done by a bored teenager who had nothing better to do. The same sort of person who graffiti's fences, business and picnic tables and costs tax payers a lot of money in cleaning it all up repeatedly.
Street art's different. Rebellious maybe, but different. Some of you may remember the Charlie Chaplin image I showed on my other blog, I was cheered and humored by finding the gent in a top hat and tails in an unexpected place.
The images they choose to leave represent their thoughts and views just as the images I use in collages do. There's something really appealing to me about all the layers in these photos. Those left by time, by other artists and by chance. These are stories. I guess it's up to us to figure out what they are and what they mean but I know I walked away from the bridge where I found them (see below) contemplative and somehow changed by what I saw.
I hope this George Bush image doesn't offend anyone. I'm simply showing what I saw. I don't know if it was an American or a NZ'r who left their mark here but either way it's interesting that ended up this old rail bridge that goes across the water from Tauranga to Matapahi.