From commissioned murals, to kids with a spray can, London’s streets are peppered with a kaleidoscopic offering of street art. The cumulative result of such artworks is an organic collaboration that could not be created by one individual.
When considering work on the streets, the colour palette at play has a huge impact on the tone of any given wall. Take for instance Brick Lane – a cornucopia for young photographers . The vibrant walls are an eclectic sea of colour, featuring layer upon layer of graffiti, providing the perfect atmosphere for edgy shoots.
The word graffiti often holds negative connotations in the land of the mainstream. Associated with vandalism, it is often forgotten that the most photographed parts of any city require graffiti for that Instagram aesthetic.
Take for example U.S based street artist Colette Miller. Her ethereal wings, which adorn the walls of all major cities in the States, are staple backdrops for the posts found on fashion blogger pages.
The two pictures featured in this article would also not look out of place if used for a fashion shoot. The hues of pink in both shots are stark with high saturation; creating a very edgy tone.
The first photograph, with the word “NAUGHTY” stencilled in a lurid pink, makes a strong statement. It could easily set the scene for an urban street brand, with the offsetting white background providing a blank canvas for the model to fill.
The second picture is more obscure, a feeling of texture and grittiness is conveyed when looking at the image. Likely layered by multiple artists, there is a less deliberate manner to this wall.
A hint of pink catches on the white under-layer and the observer’s eye instantly hones in on this detail. Visually stimulating, this piece of graffiti would frame a sports brand’s campaign successfully. The juxtaposition of colours creates a playfully gritty mood, one which many fashion brands would be keen to exploit.
When considering street art and the benefit it provides to many artistic collectives, it becomes clear that graffiti has cemented a place in today’s society. With this in mind, the naughty act of pink graffiti becomes one that’s actually rather nice.
By Saskia Cairnes