Never take anything for granted, the age old saying goes. It might go that way but I can’t think of a time when I truly felt that the saying had any meaning in my life.
If truth be told, these past few months have seen me become less and less interested in going out and taking photos of street art. My interest in street art certainly isn’t waning I know that much. I still spend an obscene amount of time looking at photos on Instagram and reading other street art blogs. I still see that certain artists are painting in my city and I still have that itch to run down and see the wall before it invariably disappears. But that desire, the desire to get out there everyday, to hit all the spots and see what’s up… it’s disappearing, not quite fully but I know it’s going.
I have been trying to think of why that is. Is it the change of artists in Barcelona? When I first started hitting the streets the level of work I was seeing on a daily basis was incredibly high. That level has dropped off a bit in my opinion but it’s been like this for a while so why the lack of urge now?
Is it because the council keep selling all the space where most of the legal walls are, giving artists even less places to paint in the city? Maybe, I know that the wall situation angers me and that I have a tendency to allow these things to defeat me and get me down. Again though, the wall situation is not exactly new. It’s been like this my five years in the city.
Do I prefer shooting artists as they work as opposed to just turning up and taking shots of a wall that will be seen a hundred times on Instagram? Yep, that’s definitely true, but again, when I am travelling it certainly doesn’t seem to be an issue so why would it be one here?
I’ve racked my brains and I still don’t have a proper answer. Maybe it’s a mix of the things above, maybe it’s just a little fatigue and a desire to do something a little different with my time and energy. I really want to organise street art/graffiti events here and I want to spend more of my time shooting artists as they work on the street or in the studio. There’s a million things I want to do to be honest.
But you know what, after writing all of those 390 words? The only thing I want to do is go out and take photos of street art and graff in my city. I miss it so badly. The metro rides, the long walks, being too late to see the wall, the shade destroying so many fucking photos. I miss all of it.
Never take anything for granted huh… don’t I know it.