Flick Friday: Graffiti at Night
In this edition of Flick Friday, we focus on photos of graffiti shot at night. Why shoot graff at night (especially anything with color)? You get glare from lights, blurry photos from low light or that city lamp orange glow. The harsh orange glow from the city’s street lights tends to drown out any colors. However, these elements compliment the art in different ways. The orange glow gives the graff some more grit. It gives you that dirty, look behind your back, am-I-going-to-get-mugged-walking-down-this-street kind of feel. Additionally, illegal graff is, for the most part, a nocturnal activity. It’s cool to see what the artist saw when they were getting up.
New York City is slowly starting to replace the orange high pressure sodium bulbs with LED white bulbs. They are more energy efficient and last longer, both positive things, but you can’t beat that orange glow, especially when it’s throwing light on some graff.
I threw together some of my favorite night shots. Check them out and let us know what your favorite time of the day to see graff is. Or if you totally disagree, and think all the shots have a shitty orange glow that kills the art, let us know in the comments section, too.