Monday, November 14, 2011

Street art- laughing all the way to Banksy...

I just recently came across an interesting documentary about street art called "Exit thru the Giftshop".

The film depicted the rising trend in street art across the world and some of the key players who generate art out of unlikely places and objects. I gained an admiration for those artists that bring humour and interest to the areas of a cityscape where formerly there was nothing of interest, often putting themselves in the path of danger and outside of the limits of the law.

Here are a few images from the infamous street artist named Banksy also depicted in the film:


Monday, November 7, 2011

100 Abandoned Houses

100 Abandoned houses is a photojournalistic project by photographer Kevin Bauman. He’s spent the last ten years documenting the many abandoned neighbourhoods and houses that litter the city of Detroit.

 The list of houses, which is actually closer to  12,000 abandoned properties, shows the effects of the economy on the city and how a city that used to have 2 million residents-now has dwindled to 800,000 in the past decade. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of his photo prints (available thru the link)will go to Habitat for Humanity and Greening Detroit; two groups who are actively working to help those afflicted areas.