13 from 2013: Daniel Albanese “A Yawning Morning Cat from Dee Dee”


Happy Holidays to all you stupendous and talented and charming BSA readers! We thank you from the bottom of our socks for your support this year. The best way we can think of to celebrate and commemorate the year as we finish it is to bring you 13 FROM 2013 – Just one favorite image from a Street Art or graffiti photographer that brings a story, a remembrance, an insight or a bit of inspiration to the person who took it. For the last 13 days they will share a gem with all of us as we collectively say goodbye and thank you to ’13.



“Photographer of Street Art, Strangers, Protests, & Urbanity”, Daniel Albanese has been documenting New York street life for more than a decade with his blog The Dusty Rebel.  To Daniel Street Art is not a phenomena full of hype, it is an every day part of city life that he treasures and is regaled by as he passes through the city.


Dee Dee. NYC 2013. (photo © Daniel Albanese)

A Yawning Morning Cat from Dee Dee

~ Daniel Albanese

Ever since works by the mysterious Dee Dee began to appear around NYC, I’ve loved finding them. This piece is a prime example of their aesthetic, which often consists of contrasting images coupled with curious text.

I took this photograph early one morning; I was running late, and as I came around a construction barrier and made my way through the crowd of commuters, I was greeted by this yawning cat. Kneeling down to take the photo, several people—who just moments before were rushing to work—stopped to see what caught my eye.

For me, it was was one of those moments when it becomes clear that we all walk around this city with very different perspectives, and how street art has the ability to slow us down and take notice of our environment.

Artist: Dee Dee

Location: New York City, 2013




Check out our Brooklyn Street Art 2013 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo here.


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