Really, I just love graffiti. From the inner city blocks of Melbourne, to the Barrios of Medellin, grafitti art provides a colourful outlet for artistic expression as well as adding vibrancy to sometimes otherwise drab places. What sometimes looks like a colourful conglomeration of images can often contain many hidden stories and a running social commentary, if you manage to find it or have a guide explain it.
Without going into the intricacies of all these stories, I learned a lot of the fight against GM foods and the influence of Monsanto throughout Guatemala, the white flag mothers of Medellin who stopped violence in the streets during the Escobar period, the dictatorship years and disappearances in Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile, all through artistic graffiti expression. So here are some of the shots of graffiti that I enjoyed the most. Its a not a definitive list, I took hundreds of shots, these are just a few that caught my eye.
Barrio Bellavista, Santiago, Chile.
San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
This work depicts the evils of Monsanto and its GM foods. No prizes for guessing who depicts who here.
Punta Arenas, Chile