As I sit and eat my lunch I'm reflecting back on a time when I first moved to Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC. As a photographer I'm naturally a very visual person so here I was captivated by the amount of urban street art, graffiti, tagging and vandalism in Victoria.
It seemed everyday I'd capture something new from the streets with my iPhone, almost becoming something of a bad habit. I'd find myself searching the most darkest corners to that which was in plain site. It felt like every ten feet I'd snap my shutter. Having a dog helped as I did most of photos as I walked him, a good excuse to feed the habit. I think he actually enjoyed the multiple spots to sniff and a take a poop.
Anyway with some ingenuity and creative apps on my phone I started to transform these images into my own works of art. After speaking with a local artist he mention my work is what you would refer to as Appropriation Art. In the visual arts, to appropriate means to properly adopt, borrow, recycle or sample aspects (or the entire form) of human-made visual culture.
I've since stopped appropriating as I've moved to the burbs and the lack of street art has helped with my picture taking problem. I must admit though, while walking the city streets I find my eyes and thoughts focused on finding a random piece to appropriate.
My creations can be found on my Flickr account and if your interested in prints just shoot me a message. Thanks for reading and please browse the gallery...