Our assignment this month was Urban Art, and I am happy to report, based on the wide range of images we received, that the art form is alive and well. Photos ranged from the wildly colorful to the nostalgic, with a good seasoning of irony and surrealism thrown in for good measure. A number of areas seemed to inspire photographs based on the artfulness and placement of work, which helped us create a list of places we’d love to visit someday with camera in hand. In all, we hope you enjoy the diversity of art and points of view as much as we did when viewing the work.
South St., Philadelphia, PA
This idealized beach montage on the side of a store in Philadelphia was photographed by Don Biresch with a Nikon D100 camera and a Nikkor 70-200mm VR lens. Exposure was f/16 at 1/320 sec at ISO 400.
© Don Biresch
The lifelike “trompe l’oeil” character of this painting on the side of a Kroger’s supermarket attracted the attention of Emilio Fernandez, and ours, too. Exposure with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Tamron 28-300mm lens was f/8 at 1/180 sec at ISO 800.
© Emilio Fernandez
TriBeca, New York City
Photographer Sandra Wittman wrote, “These crows were gathered on a small industrial building…a gathering of crows is called a ‘murder.’” We’re not sure why, but the pattern is certainly eye-catching. Photographed with a Canon EOS 7D and a Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM lens, exposure was f/11 at 1/60 sec at ISO 1000.
© Sandra Wittman
When you see a work of art like this photograph it, as it may not be around for much longer. Someone was already at work defacing it here, with the “Pepsin” brand reduced to “sin.” Kenneth F. Trocki made this photo with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikkor 55-300mm lens and an exposure of f/10 at 1/100 sec.
© Kenneth F. Trocki
Montage via torn posters is always a fruitful subject, one whose success is often based on the photographer framing it in an artful and balanced way. Such was the case of this image made by David Veal with a Nikon D700 and a Nikkor 24-70mm lens and an exposure of f/4.5 at 1/80 sec.
© David Veal
Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL
We received a number of images from this area and it’s now on our list of “must visits.” The classic car creates an odd but somehow fitting juxtaposition to the mural. Nicholas Provenzo photographed with a Sony NEX-7 and an 18-200mm lens.
© Nicholas Provenzo
Ben Wheeler, TX
We’re not sure if this one is restored or just an excellent copy, but it’s a classic just the same. Jim Mitchell made this photo with a Nikon D800 and a Nikkor 28-300mm lens and an exposure of f/8 at 1/1250 sec at ISO 400.
© Jim Mitchell
MeatPacking District, New York
This collective sticker montage is a cultural mélange of commercial iconography. Wayne Camarco caught it with a Nikon D70 and a Nikkor 18-70mm lens and an exposure of f/6.3 at 1/160 sec and fill flash.
© Wayne Camarco
Haight St., San Francisco, CA
This frog seems to be eyeing those gas and electric meters as a possible meal in this paint and object study by Arnold Benetti. Exposure with a Canon EOS 7D and a Canon 17-35mm lens was f/22 at 1/125 sec at ISO 400.
© Arnold Benetti
Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL
Here’s another one of our favorites from the Miami scene, with the painting on the iron fence adding a deft graphic touch. Sonny Saunders made the photo with a Canon EOS 7D and an EF 24-105mm lens and an exposure of f/5.6 at 1/200 sec.
© Sonny Saunders
Old Québec City, Canada
This building-side artwork might be a compendium of the lives and activities of those who once lived in it and its environs. Allan Pearson made this photo with a Sony Alpha A55 and a Tamron 18-200mm lens with an exposure of f/8 at 1/160 sec at ISO 400.
© Allan Pearson
Painted on the foundation of a bridge, this amazing artwork is both reflected in the water and in its evocation of another era. Carl H. Crumley used a three-shot HDR with a Canon EOS 5D and an EF 24-105mm lens.
© Carl H. Crumley
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
Urban art can be mobile as well, as in this photo of a tour bus that rolls through town and environs. Donald Loring photographed it with a Nikon D2X and a Nikkor 18-200mm lens with an exposure of f/8 at 1/100 sec at ISO 200.
© Donald Loring
Los Angeles, CA
Photographer Frank Goroszko photographed this massive mural and gave a good sense of its scale by incorporating the parking lot over which Mr. Quinn dances. Exposure with a Nikon D300 and a Sigma 10-20mm lens was f/11 at 1/1000 sec at ISO 400.
© Frank Goroszko
Cannery Row is remembered with this mural on the side of what photographer Arnold Kaufman describes as “the remains of a sardine factory.” Exposure with a Nikon D800 was f/13 at 1/800 sec.
© Arnold Kaufman
Picture This! – Our Next Assignment
Our next Picture This! assignment is Color Play, and we’re looking for images that have a wide range of color within the frame, at least six different vibrant and distinct hues and shades. Start with the primaries and then look to include the tints and shades. Subject matter is wide open, but please, no excessive saturation or color add after processing.
This photo was made at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival with a Nikon D3X and a Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and an exposure of f/7.1 at 1/200 sec at ISO 400.
© George Schaub
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