With street art I never really know whether to zoom in solely on the piece or whether context is too important to exclude….Take these heads…….The work itself simply blows my tits off but……
It’s not just photographing this stuff that weirds me out…Simply seeing it can be enough….
You ever see a dude with a Nikon and an expression like the one above and it’s probably Mr Shpics pondering Street Art.
With street art you never ‘come to it clean’….You’ve walked the street that takes you there and had a stiff dose of environment before the piece itself is apparent., while in a museum you’ve got your ART head on….On the street maybe you feel there’s a need to adjust,, but then by adjusting maybe you miss something…?
I’ve got no answers…. But, (and maybe this is part of what excites me about finding works in the environment), it ‘s rare for me to leave a gallery or a museum questioning ‘art’…Sure I’ll be thinking/talking about what I’ve seen, but it will, nine times out of ten, be ‘piece-specific’…….
Street art tends to get me into the Whys and Wherefores of the WHOLE DAMN THING ….
All Images copyright Stuart Allan Hyde