If the walls could speak

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When I used to live near Pittsburgh and I would drive through certain neighborhoods, I would immediately notice the wall-art. This wasn’t graffiti but Murals with a story. I loved driving through a typical neighborhood and come across a huge piece of art that covers the whole side of a building in bright colors.

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This wall art is often created by local artists with permission from the building owners.

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After driving through enough neighborhoods and making a mental map of the murals I wanted to photograph the most I went on my way on a snowy weekend. I had decided I didn’t want to just have one picture, but I wanted to create a collage of one subject. I had the works of David Hockney in mind. I could have probably shot it with one shot on my widest lens and then used photoshop to correct for wide angle lens distortions. But instead I wanted this type of collage just to give the image the sense of scale of some of these murals.

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There is a great deal of information on Pittsburgh murals here and also a very handy map to various murals including some of the ones I have presented here.

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I took these images some time ago. And if I would have done this today, I would have tried to include more foreground elements to give a sense of scale and placement of these murals. I don’t want to give the impression they exist in isolation , but are rather integral parts of these neighbourhoods.

 

If the walls could speak (1)

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