‘The 100’ #38 – Vancouver Street Art – Can’t Stop…

I photograph graffiti and street art as I cycle around Vancouver. Many of the shots I take have textual content and I will be featuring these in this series of posts of ‘The 100’.

This image is taken from an ivy covered wall in East Vancouver. Amongst the basic tagging on the wall, the words, “Can’t Stop” sing out with unanswered angst. What is it that the person who created these words ‘can’t stop’ is saying? Is it that they can’t stop placing these stickers on walls? Are they repeating the words that we all say to others in our urban rush? (can’t stop now I’m…). Or are they bemoaning the fact itself – that they literally can’t stop Movement, Time, Aging or the Process of Progress? When we ‘can’t stop‘ I wonder how we can ‘start’ to really see the world around us.

“Leisure” is a poem by Welsh poet William Henry Davies – 1871 – 1940.

W. H. Davies was a Welsh poet and writer. Davies spent a significant part of his life as a tramp or hobo, in the United Kingdom and United States, but became known as one of the most popular poets of his time.

“What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare”.

The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


‘The 100’ #37 – Vancouver Street Art – Cheque #354…

I carry my camera as I cycle around Vancouver. Many of the shots I take of graffiti and street art have textual content and I will be featuring these in this next series of posts of ‘The 100’.

The cityscape of Vancouver is rapidly changing – old buildings vanish, seemingly overnight and photographs I have taken quite recently of contemporary street art and graffiti on walls and other urban surfaces have today disappeared and become historic. This is the transient nature of street art and is accepted as such by the artists who bring it into being. To these anonymous artists I say thank you for your efforts and expressions of your life and I dedicate the following series to you all.

The above image is a detail from a wall art piece taken from an East Vancouver building no longer in existence. What attracted me to this artwork was the poetic and ambiguous nature of the content and the untold story behind the efforts of the artist to speak to us with these fragments of his / her life on a city wall. The process of time, weather and human intervention makes this piece a work of urban art worth remembering.

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.