Society’s texture.

Urban photography is a great way of collecting some really gritty images, and it’s also a good opportunity to document and preserve a form of street art, that by its very nature is temporary, ever changing, a chameleon like film of paint on the edge of society, both reflecting and projecting the present.

Urban or street art can be both witty and profound, from the simplest of tags to the most intricate  of murals, its purpose is always the same: to be noticed.

And where better to capture some than at . . .

. . . the RAW Gelände

Welcome to the Thunderdome.

Definition – Thunderdome: Turbulent, utter mayhem; a state of violent confusion or commotion

Oh dear !

Can it really be that bad?

No, not if you are a fan of alternative culture, and like living in near squalor.

But it’s certainly an eye-opener for the rest of us, with its unpaved walkways, graffiti festooned buildings, ruins, bars, street food, flea-market, art gallery and even a rock climbing facility, all done in the best possible taste though.

For anyone into street photography, this location offers an embarrassment of riches.

Some examples illustrating the technique

Tips for when on location

  • It’s not just about taking a quick holiday snap of a paint covered wall, all the usual rules of composition still apply.
  • Think about giving the subject some context, the artwork doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
  • Don’t be afraid to include people in the shot, they give everything a sense of scale and often add a story element.

© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2017

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