A few days ago I listened to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts, The Candid Frame, hosted by Ibarionex Perello where he had the photographer Mick Victor as a guest. They talked about his project of photographing graffiti, tags and other decorations and markings on walls close enough to make them more abstracts, and therefore more "arty". I thought that sounded so utterly removed from the street photography that I often do that I just had to give it a go!
Fortunately for me there is a place in Malmö where graffiti is plentiful and often renewed, should I decide to make this an ongoing project, which I may very well do. It's a parking garage in the center of town where two of the four walls are open to artists to paint to their hearts' content, and they often do...on top of other artists' works, and so on and so on. Therefore there should be an almost endless source of new motifs to capture, which is a good thing!
I've only shot there once so far with this idea in mind, so it'll take a few more gos before I decide whether or not to make it more than one offs. But I like the outcome of the stuff I did there the other day, mostly because it is so different from my usual stuff. I think that is the key, the difference and the "relief" from paying attention to all the usual "rules" that we photographers are supposed to follow regarding composition, frame placement and what nots. This is more free form...play really, and surely that can't be a bad thing!