Capturing Art on the Streets

 

Just a simple walk on the street will present you with various types of art on the walls around you. Here is how you can capture them effectively.

This article was originally published in May 2014. 

Over time, artworks become a part of the identity of a place, which is something you can use to convey a story. Photograph/Raj Lalwani

Over time, artworks become a part of the identity of a place, which is something you can use to convey a story. Photograph/Raj Lalwani

Shutter Down
Get out of the house at a time when the shops are shut. This could be on a holiday or best, early in the morning. Not only will the shutters be down, but the light will also be soft, thus helping you capture vibrant colours. Now, once you spot a shutter that is of an attractive colour, look for shadows made by the roof of the shop on the shutter. This could be in the form of a geometric pattern, or could also be the shadow of an artefact displayed outside the shop.

Vibrant Graffiti
Walk down the streets of your city to find walls and buildings covered with painted graffiti. A picture that captures graffiti can convey so much, about the personality of the place, of the city and even of a particular community. In some places, graffiti is used as a tool to voice an opinion. The message could be social or political.

Street Irony
You may also use juxtaposition and irony to create a humourous photo. For instance, an image wherein a car is parked in front of a ‘No Parking’ signboard or even a picture that has the sign ‘Photography Not Allowed’ can be fun. Do not get into trouble while shooting these photos though!

Besides being an interesting and colourful subject in itself, graffiti can also be used as a Debashis Tarafder backdrop for portraits. Photograph/Debashis Tarafder

Besides being an interesting and colourful subject in itself, graffiti can also be used as a Debashis Tarafder backdrop for portraits. Photograph/Debashis Tarafder

Funny Posters
Walls of trains, buses and other public transport are often adorned with hilarious advertisements and posters. The humour may come from the fact that the spellings may be all wrong or a funny picture that is used. Make a collection of these shots or ask your friends to make funny poses in front of them!

Besides this, movie posters make good subjects too. Particularly funny are times when a new poster is half peeled off, and gets merged with an old one that was pasted under it.

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