Tuesday, December 4, 2012
I went over to Latimer Road yesterday to find some new graffiti. I was hoping Mr. Styles had been back -- he's done at least three pieces over there, including one a couple of weeks ago that I missed seeing before it got painted over. I didn't want that to happen again. But Mr. Styles had not returned, and nothing else was very impressive. So I ran some errands and came home.
Then, in the afternoon, I walked over to Trellick Tower, my other graffiti spot. There had been a lot of activity, so I took some photos, but again, none of the new pieces knocked my socks off. I decided to take a long walk home along the Grand Union Canal.
That's where I came across these -- definitely the find of the day! They're urban moai, those somber-looking statues gazing out to sea from Easter Island. In this case they're gazing across the Grand Union Canal toward...a big apartment block.
You've got to be a culturally aware graffiti artist to incorporate moai into your work, it seems to me.
Dave and I keep talking about trying to visit Easter Island. Apparently it can be done from Chile, and we do want to go to South America. I'm taking these moai as a sign that someday I might get there.
To tell you the truth -- as you can probably sense from the fact that I took two walks yesterday -- I am a bit stir-crazy right now. We're almost at the bottom of the curve in terms of daily sunlight. It's dark for so much of the day, and it's also been so rainy and cold, that getting out of the house has been harder than usual. (I have gone out, though, every day for the past week.)
I'm also getting a bit discouraged about my photography -- just wondering how to ever make myself known, make my work known. I see so many people on Flickr with photography brands, obviously seeking to create businesses of their own. Am I any better than they are? Does my work stand out? I have followers on Flickr, but not that many. Wouldn't they be banging down my doors by the hundreds if I were making truly great images? Am I just too average?
All this was going through my head yesterday. Perhaps a little bit of Polynesia is just what I needed.