Edgy Wall Art – Weekly Photo Challenge
“If you aren’t living on the edge you’re taking up too much room.”
This week Ben invited us to share examples of photos that illustrate an “edge” or an interesting point of view. I chose the photo above, which I captured during our recent trip to Asheville NC, because I loved the perspective that combined the message of the graffiti and the concept of people on the train moving through it. (And trust me, I had to wait quite a while for that train to come by!) The wall art in this example was quite tame compared to some of the “edgier” examples nearby. Beyond a strict interpretation to his edge challenge in the opening capture, I’ve chosen to include wall art that illustrates “on the edge” in an entirely different way.
“We all have an edge. We all are floating our psyche on top with a great ocean underneath.”
I was amazed at the number of clever examples of wall art within a small section of Asheville known as The River Arts District. The example above was one of the most interesting, inviting the viewer to interpret the meaning of the artist’s message. In addition to outdoor examples like this one and that of the bicyclist below, the area is filled with talented artisans of all kinds – photography, painting, pottery, jewelry, glass blowing and much more. The artists open their workshops to visitors, and many of their creations are available for purchase.
“A photographer can sit at the edge of paradise and may only see unframeable beauty.”
There were so many examples of “edgy” art it’s difficult to choose from those I captured that day. I was a bit like a kid in a candy store shooting to my heart’s content. I found myself wondering about the various graffiti artists and how they would feel to know how much I (and I’m sure many others) admired their creativity.
“It’s hard learning to live with vivid mental images of scenes I cared for and failed to photograph. It is the edgy existence within me of the unmade images that is the only assurance that the best photographs are yet to be made.”
The captures above and below were two of my favorites. “Mars and Venus” seemed to take a serious look at what goes on in the minds of people with different perspectives, while the artist of “Three Ladies” took a slightly more sardonic approach to the world and its inhabitants 😊.
“When one jumps over the edge, one is bound to land somewhere.”
Most of the art is located in a small area off the beaten path filled with abandoned warehouses and surrounded by dirt, gravel and sometimes a bit of broken glass. It is not immediately visible to the those passing by on their way to the Arts District, but to those of us on the lookout for something interesting or unusual, it’s well worth a stop or a side trip. If you’re ever in town, be sure to check it out. Wishing everyone a great week.
Amazing. This is so cool
Thanks very much Hannah!
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Love the art
some great examples of graffiti / art. thanks for sharing.
i also can relate to the concept addressed in the quote by Sam Abell about ‘vivid mental images I cared for but failed to photograph’. i have such mental images too, and am grateful for the use of words which sometimes are an attempt to fill in those missing gaps, and then for those occasions when a similar scene affords a second chance 🙂 doesn’t always happen, but when it does, that’s sweet!
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Wonderful! I do love seeing the local street / building / public art in various communities that I visit.
It’s been years since I’ve been to Asheville, and now I’ll know to look for this area of the city
Thanks Laurie – a perfect place for cycling!
Great photos, Tina! The last quote is so good 🙂
Thanks Sandra. A fun visit!
I love your interpretation of this challenge, Tina. The wall art was truly edgy – and very enjoyable.
Thanks Tiny, glad you enjoyed!
wow….. lovely piece of art……. well captured…..
Thank you Sudhir
These are some great pieces of art ~ Mars & Venus being the most intriguing, holding quite a bit of truth in it I imagine. Wonderful photos, and I think I found my motto for autumn: “If you aren’t living on the edge you’re taking up too much room.” by Pamela Eglinski
Thanks Randall. I liked that one too – very thought provoking. And I happen to agree with your new motto; may find myself adopting that one too!!!!
These are great Tina! Fabulous entry.
Tina, these are all lovely shots, and cool for the prompt. I LOVE the guy on the bike. And, of course, the three naked ladies with strawberries.
Thanks Badfish – there was lots more! You chose 2 of my favorites 😀
These are really wonderful.
Well these samples of street art sure are ‘edgy.’…especially love birdman & cyclist….really fantastic shots!!!
Thanks April – two very different example but both terrific!
I love your interpretation of this week’s challenge, Tina. Asheville is definitely on my bucket list; when we finally get there I will definitely check out the street art!
Thanks Grace – it’s a really wonderful town with lots to see and do
These are quite edgy street art.
😀 Thanks Jacqueline
Wonderful interpretation of the challenge. I love the cyclist one. How creative & clever!
Thanks WC. The cyclist was by far the most professional of the bunch!
Fantastic creative art!! Love how you’re outside the square! : ))
Thanks Trees 😀
Tina Bear, This was a great Sunday morning stroll- or scroll. Thank you. Dar Sent from my iPhone
Thanks Dar!! Nice to see you pop up on the blog!
Change is always good.
Great street art, you found here.
Thanks Rabirius, I agree.
I really love the first shot, Tina. I believe you when you say you had to wait a while for the train. In quieter areas sometimes trains don’t come by too often and looks like your patience was rewarded. Hope you got it on one click – and I think one or at most two clicks was all that you had 😀 What are the odds that the train matches the graffiti wall too. Looks like the train is dragging the message along 😀
Love that D.H Lawrence quote. We all can jump. We all can go up but we must come down at some point. Not that it always means a fall from grace, but it could be landing somewhere and learning about where we are 🙂
Thanks Mabel – yes, it was a very brief moment that I had to capture but I was ready and had plenty of warning! I really wanted to catch the train coming out of the sign and really appreciate your noticing the care it took to make it happen!
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Some great pictures of some very interesting wall art Tina! Great response to the challenge! 🙂
Thanks Adrian – a bit of a stretch on the theme but I thought it worked with a liberal interpretation!
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Not normally a big fan of graffiti but they certainly take their artwork to the edge…great idea for this challenge Tina.
I agree Andy, but sometimes it becomes a real draw, as in this case!
I love street art aka previously graffiti. It has transformed over the year.
The messages and the detailed artwork if phenomenal. You captured them in your photographs beautifully, Tina. Great entries for the challenge.
Happy Sunday !!! 😎
Many thanks Isadora – yes, wall art is definitely a better description as the evolution of the medium has been amazing. Use to be an eyesore, now it’s an attraction for sure!
I love this, Tina, especially the Three Ladies. Life is just a bowl of strawberries!
LOL thanks Lois – Life IS just a bowl of strawberries. 🙂
Great examples of graffiti art. It’s so free and unconstrained by others’ expectations.
I agree – I almost hate to call it graffiti. There should be another name for real art on walls don’t you think?!
These are great!!
T having visited this area, you did a great job capturing the cross section of creativity displayed!
Thanks Miss Linda – it’s really something in person isn’t it?!
Really interesting street art. Will check it out the next time we’re in Asheville.
Thanks Jane, you’d love it.
What an enjoyable batch of choices, Tina. Amazing art.
Thanks Janet – it is amazing indeed. There’s lots more than I’ve shown so it’s a feast for the eyes!
A great post, Tina! Edge is so well express here with inspiring quote and cool photos!
Many thanks Amy!
Great examples of street art, Tina. Glad you had a good time in Asheville.
Thanks Jane – it’s a fun spot in an interesting area of the city.
Wonderful pictures my favorits is the first and third one.
Thank you Sumyanna
You’re welcome 🙂
This is splendid edgy wall art, Tina. There are so many talented artists out there competing with Banksy. 🙂
Wishing you a great weekend,
Dina & co
Indeed Dina! Thanks for stopping by.
Great examples of streetart!
Nice set of street art…
Thank you Sally! There was much more than I’ve shown!