Local artists update and beautify local storefront.
Someone unaware might “label these artist as a taggers”.
However, it takes many days in the hot sun to create these beautiful designs we see along the local storefronts.
I ask the young man, “What are you drawing here”?
He replied, “What do you think it is on a Sunday afternoon”?
How stupid was I, judgemental as most you see.
I’d actually came to take photos of these “artists” working, producing, not to give them a label.
I apologized briefly and explained briefly about a day I bought some paint in a craft store and there was a woman with children asked me what are you going to do with all that paint? At the time I had a cast on one of my feet. I casually told her, " I’m a professional tagger". I pointed to my cast and said, “that’s how this, happened running from the cops”. At this point you would have thought I would have been asked by the cashier for some form of I.D. right? Hardly because I’m white and in a craft store. Any other person who had bought all of that may have been considered doing something different and had the authorities called.
The artist later smiled in other portraits captured this date.
Most of the artists were wondering why I would have an interest as them and what they create.
It was also amazing to see them interact with the young skaters watching them this day. Letting the boys know yes, you can get paid to do your art, however you must finish your education.
It was a great art and life lesson for me to be allowed the time to take these artist photos this day.
Poetry and street photojournalism captured along the way .. All Rights Lei Hedger Photography
Sony A100 W standard lens; I have edited this one w/ACDSEE Pro 2 with a little line hardening and outline and and warp on a couple of the artists faces for this publication.