As Luna mentioned in her post earlier today, we had a great time at Albany’s Living Walls festival this past weekend. Not only was it an opportunity to catch up with friends and to make the acquaintance of artists and other photographers from near and far, but we were also fortunate enough to meet and interact with many members of the communities that will be living with these walls for some time to come. Some were so enthusiastic that they hopped right into my pictures to model for me! And since no two shots are ever quite the same, here are my highlights from the weekend (See Luna’s here):
The Street Spot took to the road this past weekend to check out Albany’s inaugural Living Walls festival in person. Samson Contompasis of the Marketplace Gallery worked tirelessly for the better part of a year to bring world-class street artists to his hometown and to convince the New York State capital that his vision for urban renewal was one worth pursuing. Just as we pulled up to the How & Nosm wall above, a woman with a small band of children emerged from the community center across the road. Upon seeing us staring up at the mural, she started beaming widely, gushing about how much she loved it, and telling us what a miracle it was. This was but one of many positive encounters we had with the people of Albany – if their reactions are any indication, then I’d say Living Walls was a huge success. Below are some of my favorite images from the weekend – stay tuned for Becki’s impressions.
While I was in Austin this past week for SXSW, I came across a very interesting booth at Flatstock 24. Mixed in with all of the band posters were prints by two of my favorite artists out there, Broken Crow and Deuce Seven. I got to speaking with one of the people who was working the booth, the super great Ben of Burlesque of North America. As it turns out, they are a graphic design & screen printing studio based out of Minneapolis, which explaines the Broken Crow connection…Ben was also kind enough to turn me onto where I could find the murals that Broken Crow had recently painted around town, which gave me the perfect excuse to swing by some of my favorite restaurants in Austin.