Quirky Wall Art

 
Including more of the surroundings will help you convey context. Photograph/Jackie

Including more of the surroundings will help you convey context. Photograph/Jackie

Include a Person
Street murals offer great ways of creating unique juxtapositions with passers-by. Therefore, it will be worth your time to observe them and see how they interact with the artwork, or how their presence lends a different narrative to the mural.

Using Colour Versus Black and White
This is completely dependent on your aesthetic sense. If you’re confused, ask yourself what you want to convey through the image. Do you want to show moodiness, or maybe just focus on the drawing by stripping away all the colours? Or do you want to show how this wonderful piece of art stands out in the midst of dreariness?

When photographing street wall art, give it an urban perspective. Show how it has become a part of the buildings around it. Photograph/Sivi Steys

When photographing street wall art, give it an urban perspective. Show how it has become a part of the buildings around it. Photograph/Sivi Steys

Explore Other Points of View
You don’t always have to photograph street art from the other side of the road. Look for different angles, even if it means not being able to capture the entire painting. For instance, try shooting the mural through the bars or grills of a gate that is adjacent to it.

Dealing with Size
Sometimes murals are quite massive. This will make it impossible for you to capture the entire thing in a single frame. The easiest solution would be to stitch different photographs that have been shot, while maintaining similar exposure settings in the camera. Alternatively, find a vantage point that allows you to capture the entire mural.

Sometimes in the quest for attaining the perfect photograph, you need to invest time. Patience is key here, as in this image, where the photographer waited for a man to enter the frame. Photograph/Beverley Goodwin

Sometimes in the quest for attaining the perfect photograph, you need to invest time. Patience is key here, as in this image, where the photographer waited for a man to enter the frame. Photograph/Beverley Goodwin

Tags: black and white, colour, Murals, Paintings, people, street, Wall Art