There are few things I love more than walking around a city searching out graffiti. In fact I can while away hours hunting down the little urban truffles left by anonymous artists. It doesn’t have to be a big statement piece, indeed sometimes the most interesting or amusing street art is tucked away down a side street or on an unimposing wall and its these little hidden gems that get me excited!
So when this week’s photo challenge theme was “express yourself” I immediately thought of how graffiti has been used for thousands of years as a means of communication to express thoughts and opinions.
Sometimes the opinion is political, sometimes it’s a comment on society or sometimes just information. Occasionally it’s even a message of peace, love or inspiration.
So here are some of my favourites taken over the last 10 years travelling around Italy. None will win any photographic prizes but I hope some may make you think. And make sure you express yourself too leaving a comment about which ones you like or dislike or what your opinion is on graffiti generally. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
PS I have to admit that sometimes I like the design without necessarily understanding the message as with this little crow in Venice. If you know what it means please leave me a comment!