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Hindley Street, Adelaide.Featured in: Speaking Photos
bins, bin, graffitti, sulo, rubbish, garbage, trash, vandalism, tag, tags
Ben Loveday is a photographic artist based in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, with a focus on landscape, urban and conceptual photography.Images are owned and © copyrighted by Benjamin Loveday. Use without permission is prohibited by law. All rights reserved. .
Street art when done well instead of just tagging as in this image would not sit well against rubbish bins. With this shot a social comment is apparent, tagging just creates waste. Moreover the tagging is only worthy of the rubbish bins. No doubt some would decry my opinion on this.
I feel tagging is a “cry in the urban wilderness”, of (young) people dispossessed of their creativeness, and of those excluded in some ways from society. Like the rubbish thrown away in bins. Tagging has become part of the urban landscape whether we like it or not, and if we want it discontinued I think we all have to stop excluding people – people in general need to become more generous with their time and vary their social connections, and include the “disadvantaged” and the “undesireable” into their lives. Many young men also rebel against the oppressiveness and impossible proposition of having to keep up with the “middle class jones”, because they can simply not earn enough. Tagging is an expression of this subconscious “alledged” inadequateness. Therefore we need to support our young people and stop mindlessly setting them impossible financial and social objectives that bear no relationship to the difficult world they live in. We need to stop this mindless pursuit of material one upmanship and pseudo machismo that pervades the social media, TV, and movies…..it’s total bullshit.
– Ben Loveday
Thanks for the comment as well- its much appreciated. I didn’t really set out initially to make a social commentary, but rather just an abstract of unusual subject matter, but I do recognise it has become one. Too many graffitti shots simply set out to “represent” just the graffitti with a straight on shot: I’m also trying to give my subjects context as well as the abstraction. Too many shots also consciously exclude things, like sulo bins, because they do not fall within the “nice, acceptable, suburban, correct” category, so I’m also trying to portray other things like the dirty sulo bins, to give a sense of the real urban experience, rather than the politically correct sanitised germ free version.
I like it!