Graphiscape: New York City is a graphic book that has many visuals of signs from the big city. The book contains 450 images that show texture, shapes and colour that displays the urban landscape. It also shows how the a city functions even communicates by the street art and graffiti.
It has different chapters to separate the different kinds of signs found in a urban space. Even the titles have well suited names, one of my favourites being’ City State’ and ‘Getting Around’. Easy to figure out what is going to be shown, the section looks what makes New York the city that it is. This could be tourist attractions, NYC’s transportation, political views spray painted on to a surface, Newspapers, road work and community signs.
The book displays how much we rely on signs as well as showing how much signs there actually are, that we’re probably not consciously aware of.
Photographer Christian Carle-Catafago was engaged in the political propaganda painted on to the walls of Buenos Aires and created a series of photographs based on it.
He was fascinated by the details of paintings. Not only by the most recent but by the past.
‘What stroke me then is the constant palimpsest that occurs; each political era, with money and influence defining who is able to contract the [professional] letter painters, defines what is written on the Wall; what was written previously is not erased but written over, after years and years, many messages appear one on top of the other, a palimpsest of another sort.’
The effect of time has unintentionally allowed many textures and patterns to form. There is a contrast with faded and bold lines along with a variety of styles from different decades. A painting movements is witnessed that perhaps not everybody has notice in the western and Latin part of the world.
The letters have a story of their own to tell and have a message to communicate. Each text whether old or new is a reminder of a memory. The walls are like a blank canvas used for anyone to express their thoughts.
As well as the text, his photographs of political urban decay also look at the effect of time. Many posters have simply being layered on top of one another and created abstract artwork. New posters had previous ones beginning to appear due to the fact of them being torn or peeled.
All photos from the Buenos Aires Wall series were photographed with an analog camera with colour film. The again helped show the juxtaposition of 20th and 21st century street art.
After deciding to work on the Dead Media Archive, I had more ideas on the way I would be working, what I would be showing and less on a subject.
I researched basic ideas such as patterns, textures, shapes and shadows.
But then I thought of another topic I am also interested in which is typography. I want to focus the camera on language that is seen on streets that help us understand what to do and simply communicate a message.
I will be able to create fascinating images by making them quite abstract but still perhaps readable.
Things that I want to show, are contact sheets, films and some final pieces.
For these pieces, I tried to be more personal and physically write on the images. I thought deeply about the composition of the text, as I wanted it to complement the powerful imagery behind. Therefore the colour of the words are white, to make it stand out. The scales of these were also a3.
I focused on the architecture, the shapes and the composition within the images. In ‘Do You Have Any Free Space For Tomorrow?!’, I was able to fit the text in between the tow pillars. This worked well since it did in fact reflect the in between space.
The text in this image above was placed based on the architecture structure of the bridge. The words sit directly under the gaps of the bridge and this leads to the flow of the sentence being altered.
The composition of the language was attempting to intimidate the audience. The size gradually gets bigger, YOU being the largest to be directed at the viewer.
To try something different, I exaggerated the space of the text which is the replacement for a comma.
These are my final designs. They are inspired by windows of building. I did not want to design them to appear exactly like windows, so I took a risk to use bold and bright colours on Photoshop. Two colours are layered on top of one another, 4 time, but not precisely and there is a graphic feel to them.