The way our cities are built and the architecture around it is primarily grey, beige and washed out greens in color. Art and colors especially is largely missing in our public spaces. The only colors we see are on the billboards that are about high-selling brands and these billboards contribute very little to the design of our community. Our urban design really lacks a personality and only compelling works of art can transform our cities into something more engaging.
Urban street art is a powerful tool that can provoke the city dwellers to engage with their environment and re-socialise with their public spaces.
Most of us experience the feeling of being moved by a form of art, whether it is a song, a dance, a painting or an act. Sadly, we are not as exposed to works of painting as much as we are exposed to music and dance. A lot of such art is confined to just museums and a lot of us have not felt art as much as we have felt music and films.
I am personally very thrilled to shoot more of my street style shoots in grafitti backdrops like this. It adds so much life and color to my pictures and inspires me to shoot something exciting each time. I am sure these walls will encourage more people to come forward and engage with their communities and their neighbourhood spaces. Next time, you see these wall arts in Necklace Road, don’t just walk past them and see for yourself what these paintings are saying. All these wall arts are open to interpretation and I think makes great conversation starters with your friends.
Sweater: Pepe Jeans
Shirt: Forever 21
Photography: Sayini Sai Charan