Picture This!
Wall Murals

Judging from the amazing images we received from readers this month the art of the wall mural is alive and well and thriving in the US and abroad. The creativity of the artists, and the unique way in which the wall murals were photographed, is a great source of inspiration. We especially liked it when readers submitted images that included the context of the mural, or some ironic juxtaposition of people viewing, walking by, or somehow included within the artwork itself. We guess that's what makes these living art pieces such a vital part of the landscape, that we incorporate the art in our field of view as we make our way down the street.

Classic Mural/Classic Building: Jim Mitchell provided us with this mural that seems to match the building's age, but was created in modern times. He worked with a Nikon D2H and Nikkor 28-105mm zoom; exposure was 1/400 sec at f/5.
© 2004, Jim Mitchell, All Rights Reserved

Reality Mural: This aptly titled photo was made by Judi LaBelle of the aftermath of Hurricane Charley in Punta Gorda, Florida, last year. She desaturated half the picture to emphasize the hurricane's effects. She photographed with a Minolta DiMAGE A1 with an exposure of 1/500 sec at f/8.
© 2004, Judi LaBelle, All Rights Reserved

Oasis In Tucson: Earth, sky, and mural all blend perfectly in this photograph made by Richard Voninski with a Mamiya 7 camera on Fujichrome Velvia film.
© 2004,Richard Voniniski, All Rights Reserved

Players And Posters: John Maeder made this image at the weekly jam session in front of the "Birth of Country Music" mural on State Street in Bristol, Tennessee, with his Kodak DC290 camera. The image, notes Maeder, was used at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, in 2003, and in "Smithsonian" magazine.
© 2004, John Maeder, All Rights Reserved

Hooray For Hollywood: Made just off Hollywood Boulevard in L.A., this poster has the audience of stars looking back at us. Michael J. Gluckman photographed with a Canon EOS 10D and Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM lens; exposure was 1/750 sec at f/4.5.
© 2004, Michael J. Gluckman, All Rights Reserved

Wall And Carts: While this could be a minimalist mural, Randy C. Finch went one step further and created one by spotting these red carts outside a discount store. He photographed with a Pentax Optio 550 at 1/200 sec at f/6.0.
© 2004, Randy C. Finch, All Rights Reserved

The Painter's Hand: This mural work in progress was photographed in Chicago by Boris Uk with a Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi camera. The shadow of the painter seems to continue the line he is painting.
© 2004, Boris Uk, All Rights Reserved

Berlin Wall: Raymond W. Batt's exposure and printing of these visitors to the Berlin Wall had us wondering where the mural ended and reality began. He photographed with a Canon EOS D60 with a 100-400mm L lens at 1/60 sec at f/5.6.
© 2004, Raymond W. Batts, All Rights Reserved

Wall And Street: The mixture of art and life blends perfectly in this photo of New York City by Glen M. Smith. He worked with a Canon G5.
© 2004, Glen M. Smith, All Rights Reserved

Phone Home: Tucson seems to be a great mural location. This photo by Jack A. Bynes shows a phone booth and accompanying mural made with his Olympus OM-1 and 35mm Zuiko lens. Exposure was 1/125 sec at f/5.6 on Ektachrome 100 SW film.
© 2004, Jack A. Bynes, All Rights Reserved