More city street stickers and wall tags from NYC and one from Seattle.
Every time I go looking for big interesting shots my eye is drawn to the little stickers and tags. They are ubiquitous in the city and we don’t normally think of them as little pieces of art. But SOME of them are, most of them are interesting when you single them out. Some stickers promote bands, or web sites, most are fun mysteries. All of the stickers were created by people who decided to post some kind of impression, took the time to draw it and and communicate…something. I think that’s why I’m attracted to looking. Each sticker is something that someone is trying to say. Insane stuff, gibberish? Sometimes. Commercial promotions disguised as street cred, sometimes. But if a piece makes you feel something then it qualifies as some kind of art. A little sticker isn’t hitting you over the head the way a billboard does. It’s subtle and tiny, and you have to actively spot it and spend time looking to even get the impression the creator wanted. They’re ugly and a blight as the paper and glue deteriorate, and beautiful. Sometimes.
If you like my shots, please find OTHER street photography by my friends in Los Angeles at: “The Streets Are Calling” site by photographers organdonor and rathandsome.
Matches cut to look like the old New York skyline. Found taped to a metal poll at ground zero. Created by anonymous.
Paul Lee is one half of the award winning photo site thestreetsarecalling.com [updated on 2010-06-26: with two new photos]