The shots from this entry are from early to mid March and come from the “Tres Xemeneies”, or Three Chimneys park, just off Parallel Avenue. This is a part of the “free walls” project, and a popular destination for Barcelona’s active skater scene, as well as a favorite spot to get pictures for this blog. Most of these are gone, as the image turnover on this popular painting site increases as the weather gets better. I’ve tried to include the three chimneys in the photos for a bit of perspective.
The majority of the shots in this post (including the first-ever shot of myself) are the work of the urban pop artist TVBOY. They are part of a series of famous artists from the past with touches of the present, including a Frida Kahlo Iphone selfie–the shot in which I couldn’t resist joining the famous Mexican artist for a rare narcissistic arm’s length self-portrait. The shot of Serge Gainsbourg comes from the artist Valerie Maho, and the great Muhammad Ali in stencil was created by RAF Urban. The other image (from sm172) which I’ve included is a darker reflection on our pop-selfie culture and is a statement on the voyeuristic bystander syndrome which seems to be a side effect of all of us being able to record and photograph all that we see, while forgetting to experience it, or get involved when necessary.
As the title of this post suggests, tomorrow I will be taking off to the US until the 31 of December. I’ll be passing through NYC and hope to find some interesting images to post here. It’s a whirlwind trip full of food family and friends, so I don’t know if I’ll have time to embark on the type of street safari a city like New York deserves. Seems like it would be comparable to trying to see the Met or the Louvre in 3 hours. In the meantime, as a possible final image of 2012, I leave you with this woman lost in a green fog. Is this the smoke clearing on the morning of the 22 of December, having survived what could have been the last night on earth?