19 Jun 2016 – Street Art and Poetry

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Street Art Feature Photo – 07May2016

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Very often, for a variety of reasons (the size of the painting, the need to rush when taking my photo, my mood when I am on the site, etc.) I do not see the real magnificence of a painting until I review the photos in the comfort of home. This is one such painting. The more I let myself fall into the picture, the more incredible detail I noticed. It is astounding. These paintings are the reason I will sacrifice comfort for a photo. They deserve… no, demand…to be preserved before they are painted over. I feel very fortunate to be able to find, capture and share them.

Street Art Feature Photo – My Mainz

In a few weeks my wife and I will be packing up and moving from Mainz to Köln. We are both excited for the move. I am excited to see a new city and eager to leave some demons behind me. As challenging as my time has been in Mainz, I have some great memories and met some outstanding people. I will always have a place in my heart for Mainz!

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Featured Photo – Münsterplatz Sunset

This was a fun picture to take. I have been trying to force myself to walk my own path in the graffiti world. Looking for new angles for pictures and unique locations for new locations for placing my  stickers. On this evening, it occurred to me that just about everyone takes photos and places stickers from the front of the cathedral. So, I walked to the rear to see what I could find. I found a lonely trash container (perfect for clandestine stickers) and a beautiful sunset (that was moving extremely fast). I quickly took a few practice photos, then began stickin'! I placed a sticker from a friend, then began the process of getting mine up. My "stickers are just note cards with double sided tape and strong glue gel, so they take a while to prepare and get in place. The extra prep was cutting into the time for for the sunset. I really wanted to leave two notos stickers, but I was not sure that they sky would let me. I had to resist the urge to rush and possibly make a regrettable mistake. With literally a few seconds of colorful sky left, I was able to get a photos before the clouds came in and ended the show. It was fun, exciting and a definitely feel good moment.

This was a fun picture to take. I have been trying to force myself to walk my own path in the graffiti world. Looking for new angles for pictures and unique locations for new locations for placing my stickers. On this evening, it occurred to me that just about everyone takes photos and places stickers from the front of the cathedral. So, I walked to the rear to see what I could find. I found a lonely trash container (perfect for clandestine stickers) and a beautiful sunset (that was moving extremely fast). I quickly took a few practice photos, then began stickin’! I placed a sticker from a friend, then began the process of getting mine up. My “stickers” are just note cards with double sided tape and strong glue gel, so they take a while to prepare and get in place. The extra prep was cutting into the time for for the sunset. I really wanted to leave two noTos stickers, but I was not sure that they sky would let me. I had to resist the urge to rush and possibly make a regrettable mistake. With literally a few seconds of colorful sky left, I was able to get a photos before the clouds came in and ended the show. It was fun, exciting and a definitely feel good moment.

Street Art – Feature Photo

imageOne of the things that I like about street art is how dynamic energy of the “street canvas”. From day to day there are always changes. Sometimes subtle. Sometimes breathtaking. Sometimes beautiful. Sometimes upsetting.

I stumbled across this painting while walking along the river, looking for an overpass to shield me from  a bit of rain that suddenly appeared. I am frequently near this part of the city, so this painting can’t be more than a week old. I am glad that I captured it before it was written over or completely painted over.

13 Jan 2016 Street Art – Feature Photo From a Difficult Site

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Photo Site

This is the location of the latest graffiti site that I photographed. This is the site I went to on Sunday (The Day I Should’ve Stayed In). I was having a terrible day to begin with, and coming to such a chaotic site only made things worse. As can be seen from the photos, there is very little space to operate. Because the paintings here are rather large (tall and long), getting distance from the walls is helpful. But this was not possible because of the presence of two major roadways and a river. To make matters more interesting, I had to constantly be alert that I did not inadvertently take a half-step backwards (for the sake of a photo) and end up falling into the road or the river. In my effort to get to as much distance as possible  for the pictures — while dodging bicycles and joggers — without pedestrian barriers to protect me, this was a very stressful outcome to avoid.

Due to the width of the river and roads, the narrowness of the of the pedestrian path and the absence of an optical zoom on my ipad, many of my pictures did not turn out well. This is aggravating (but not surprising) because I went through personal and emotional hell on this day. My sensitive emotional state was further antagonized by the sounds and vibrations of being between two major roadways and below train tracks. I tried to shield myself by turning up the music in my headphones, but the ground was constantly shaking and the air was vibrating from all of the heavy movement.

The pictures that I have will have to suffice. There is no way that I am going back there for a do-over.

Here is a sample* of some of the cool pictures from the day. See more pictures, you can check my Instagram account at (@not_so_cold