When you hit the street in search of street art, it helps if you keep you eyes AND mind open. On his trip to London for the Moniker Art Fair last month, photographer Geoff Hargadon had time to trek the East London neighborhood of Shoreditch and was usually surprised by what he caught. Old stuff like Fauxreel’s father on a ladder, and fresh new work going up before his eyes by Dabs and Myla next to Word to Mother.
Here he captures what he liked and what moved him regardless of how old or new it was. This is what Street Art is all about anyway – an ongoing conversation on the street that tells you as much about the artist as contemporary society. In a city that values it’s oldest architecture and its revered historical legacy, there is still plenty of room for the newest voices in the public sphere; even if officially unsanctioned, it is still permitted to ride a while. Sometimes, it is even invited.
The tagging conversation here is colorfully chaotic, a continuous piling up and covering of messaging with new messages and signatory statements. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
C215 placed behind bars. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Canary Flavour with txemy. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Swoon, Bast. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Word To Mother and Dabs & Myla sharing a wall for Moniker. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
The D*Face wall for Moniker. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
A splash of colour on Turville Street incorporates the natural elements of the urban environment into the scene . (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
And the first prize goes to Prize. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
By Don. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Elvis serenades, “I can’t help falling in love with you.” Juany. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
FauxReel, ACE, Bortusk Leer, and a beautiful pile of tires. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Faile, Specter. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
Night Market. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)
See Geoffs pics from last week in London’s Bricklane : A Few Shots of Street Art at the Moment
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