I always like to watch the city from inside my ride. A few years back, I was surprised to see paintings and graffiti in every corner of every neighborhood.
One of the biggest urban changes that happened all over the world, particularly in Rio de Janeiro, was the rise of artists bent on taking to the streets for self-expression.
There is something about this new tradition, how it changes as the days pass, as people add to the drawings or paintings. It’s such a nice thing to pass on to other generations, who can also add to the never-finished works of art.
The ephemeral nature of these works, and the fact that many of them have no visible signature, make them more interesting. They are gifts to the city, art that does not require status to be displayed and appreciated. Artists who wish for their designs to change, evolve, degenerate a bit, perhaps mingle with the local fauna and flora, will find this avenue appealing.
I’ve been going out with my Pentax to capture the beautiful walls while they’re still there.