It’s easy to find street art in Melbourne and whether it’s good art or bad, it always makes for a good photographic subject.
Taking photos of graffiti is easy, even taking high-quality pictures of graffiti is easy to do but what is sometimes difficult for people to comprehend it that only taking a photo of the artwork someone else creates is not always a good way to go about it.
Sure, sometimes you just like the art, or the details, or the splashes of colours but I feel that the thing about capturing street art is that it’s always more appealing (to me at least) if there is some context behind it.
And by adding some context, I don’t mean you always have to pull right back and shoot super wide to include all of the surroundings.
Sometimes it can just be to only include a drain pipe, grate, doorway or even just some textures of the wall itself.
Of course, this is just my thoughts on the way I like to capture street art myself. Maybe you have some different ideas? I’d love to hear them.
These are all older photos and were taken in Hosier Lane, Melbourne back in 2013, but I’m out and about quite often hunting for new work around the city.