Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Big Brother Is Watching

This photo was taken around the corner of a restaurant in Nolita where they put their garbage bins -- you can see the plastic lids at the bottom of the page. The restaurant placed a sign saying the area was under video camera surveillance and (I assumed) someone stenciled a picture of a guy in a suit walking by or away with a bag.

I've been photographing murals a lot lately. I don't know if it is because there are a lot more of them in the city lately or they are getting better, artistically.

Has this ever happen to you?

19 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

Our post of two days ago was about a murals competition... so you're right!
Nice shot, and the stenciled guy seems quite real!

Babzy said...

Beautiful shot ! i like the mural , the artist has made a good choice , it's really great with the warning sign !

Olivier said...

belle trouvaille ;o))
nice find ;o))

Babooshka said...

Like photographers the best artists are sometimes the unsung street ones. They are definitely improving.

valeria said...

It's a really interesting series, Ming. This is quite intriguing, the man gets away under the camera, a green splash on his left adds colour to the scene.

Hilda said...

And somebody just killed an alien off the frame…

Ina J Offret said...

You have a wonderful knack for finding very interesting spots. Your blog goes well with my morning coffee. (Anchorage Alaska)

Rambling Round said...

Looks like somebody just got slimed to the left of this agent!

Daryl said...

There are not a lot of murals up in my neck of the island .. but having said that I am now going to pay more attention ...

Joni said...

While traveling in Barcelona, I noticed many very colorful and artistic murals/graffiti on store fronts and walls. I loved it! But, I'm also one to think that much of the gang tagging is beautiful too!

Chuck Pefley said...

I think you're perhaps more in tune with your environment as well.

Love Hilda's idea of the alien murder in this alley -:))

jen laceda said...

The guy actually looks like he's pulling the garbage...

Mo said...

Oh is Banksy in NYC

marley said...

Excellent capture. I like murals and artistic grafitti, they often change and are topical. They are a good window on the world.

Peter said...

I believe you are right, mural decorations, graffiti... are getting better and also maybe better accepted. As we know some of these artists are now really recognised ... an making money!

Crazy Mary said...

Mo, you beat me to it! It does look like something Banksi would do !

Jilly said...

I love this Ming. It's the sort of thing that Nathalie in Avignon finds in her city. Great graffiti and I love the way you've shot this.

A Lady's Life said...

I love mural paintings. They do it on our school buildings as well and it cheers you up.
I also take pics and then associate the pic with where I've been.

Erica said...

That reminds me of the back of John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch from Python.