Weekly Photo Challenge – Express Yourself

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!

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Believe in art graffiti on toilet door at the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence (home of Michelangelo’s David)

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.

Ex-Mayor of Venice Giorgio Orsoni sinks under the weight of corruption charges

The now ex-Mayor of Venice Giorgio Orsoni sinks under the weight of corruption charges

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.

We're not infinite but we are indelible

We’re not infinite but we are indelible

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!

A Banksy-style rat on a wall in Venice refers to estimates that there are 6 rats in Venice for every human

A Banksy-style rat on a wall in Venice refers to estimates that there are 6 rats in Venice for every human

Celibacy : the most inhuman perversion, spotted in Siena, Tuscan on an electricity fusebox cover

Celibacy : the most inhuman perversion, spotted in Siena, Tuscan on an electricity fusebox cover

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!

A crow wearing the plague doctor's mask, Venice

A crow wearing the plague doctor’s mask, Venice

Indelible like our love

Indelible like our love

Graffiti spotted on the side of a bank in Venice, presumably commenting on the economic crisis

Graffiti spotted on the side of a bank in Venice, presumably commenting on the economic crisis

Express Yourself

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4 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge – Express Yourself

  1. estelea says:

    Greatissimo post! very interesting, and mind opening. I should definitely spend more time on reading graffitis.. Thanks for the opening 😉 Have a sweet day!

  2. lizbert1 says:

    Aw thanks for your lovely comments and encouragement Estelea! Do you have much graffiti in the Phillipines? It would be fascinating to know more about it and whether its just kids tagging things or political with a message? Happy exploring!!

  3. Ronda Kay says:

    I also spotted the rat and the crow with plague mask. I too am curious what the crow one means.

    • Thanks for your lovely comments Ronda! Sadly I’m still no further forward on finding out about the crow, but I keep asking and as soon as I find out I’ll post to let you know!! Intriguing, though, isn’t it and I do love a mystery!!

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