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Jackson Avenue/Crane Street in Brooklyn, New York. Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (Version II).  © 2012-2013 Thorsten Overgaard

   
 
   

The Story Behind That Picture: "Graffiti in New York"

By: Thorsten Overgaard

 

"Make your mark in New York and you are a made man" as Mark Twain said.

One of the locations I went to this time was the 5Pointz Art Space on Davis Street and Crane Street in Brooklyn.

 

 

It turned out to be a busy place of "illegal graffiti turned into a Sunday family attraction" with perhaps fifty graffiti-artists working hard in direct sunshine. An incredible heat, but not stopping the very ambitious work with ladders and crates and a lot of spray paint.

 

 

As a photographer I found myself torn between if I should photograph it as art, or as vandalism. But in this place, most of it was beautiful work that you would hope will stay there and last a long time.

When I had spent a couple of hours walking around the block, photographing the work and talking to the artists, I came around a corner with a large portrait.

Someone had made a beautiful mark on the city of New York, very well-executed and carefully made so it owned it's own space on the corner of Jackson Avenue and Crane Street.

I took the picture this way, as if it was a recent work they had just completed before they moved around the corner to make more.  

 



Thorsten Overgaard, November 5, 2013

   
   

   
   
   

Above: Jackson Avenue/Crane Street in Brooklyn, New York. Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (Version II).
© 2012-2013 Thorsten Overgaard



 


 

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Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.

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