Friday, September 04, 2009

Thematic Photographic 65: "Perspective" v.3.0 - Eye of the Beholder

"Tag, You're It"
Raleigh, NC - May 2009 (Click to embiggen)

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Is it art, or is it vandalism? Or both? The argument rages on both sides and seems to only get more heated as taggers have become more creative and talented. Has it always been this way? Did the Cro-Magnons tag the caves of Neanderthals? And where does expression cross the line?

Whole books and at least that I know of have been devoted to the works of graffiti artists. Probably the most notable of these goes by the name "Banksy" and is a personal favorite of Sandy Carlson, who is easily the most knowledgeable person I personally know on the subject.

But to answer the initial question... that's a matter of perspective.

(And no, this is not -- as far as I know -- Banksy's work.)

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