Wordless Wednesday: All in All, Just a Name on the Wall





The graffiti on this door in a school gym made me think of the graffiti I find carved into trees or picnic tables when I'm out for a walk in the woods. When there's this much, it stops being about the individual but about the group--somewhat contradicting the idea of graffiti's egocentric nature. I liked this door even if the colors are a bit dreary. Made me think of a Jackson Pollock painting with all its energy and immediacy.

Wordless Wednesday

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  1. It makes me think of a wall I have seen in Verona at Romeo and Julia's house. Couples from around the world had written their names on it and it looked very similar to your picture !

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  2. Happy WW! I often think that graffiti can be found everywhere ... from the urban centers to the big tall tree in the country where a heart with initials can be found carved, "billy loves suzie"...

    I invite your blog readers to see an uplifting photo of two baby lions who remind us that there is always a chance for peace.

    Shalom & Salam, Villager

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  3. It's got character, this door! I enjoyed the insight about everyone carving as an individual only to become part of the group again---definitely a poem in there somewhere.

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  4. that's a good insight!... and i think it would also look good printed on shirts :)

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  5. I've often been amazed by graffiti, mostly because the 'artists' never seem to get caught in the act!

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  6. very interesting blog! makes me wonder, if would also like some of my blogs...
    keep up the good work!
    greetings from Denmark, Sarah sofia

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  7. Graffiti of names on tree,benches and picnic tables remind me pretty much of high school days :P

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  8. Great capture and great idea. Graffiti is universal and has been around for thousands of years.

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  9. I think you have a perfect take on it. Great shot and great analysis!

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  10. As Lareine said, it will look good printed on shirts, even scarves too.

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  11. It reminds me of a desk back in school cluttered by carvings of names.

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  12. There's a real person behind every etching or carving, which means there's a tremendous story behind that picture. Lots of lives and lots of living in one picture.

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  13. Can you imagining the diversity etched on this door, hiding behind the two visible colors.

    Reminds me of human diversity in all it glory, hiding behind the labels, black and white.

    I like this Sandy! It gives me an uplifting sense of humanity. Great for a morning start, Thank you!

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  14. reminds me of the rock art I'm studying in a community education class. I like the colors of the door and it's etching. there's something within all of us that wants to leave our mark on the world.

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  15. I didn't even realize it was graffiti at first. It is very artistic.

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  16. You're right it does look like a Jackson Pollock painting, only much more muted. It's a great picture, however.

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  17. I love that you choose something so unique to photograph. I agree with you, it has a Jackson Pollack quality for sure.

    Happy WW!

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  18. Great choice, Sandy! the door has been pretty abused by the gym members ;)

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  19. Anonymous12:36 PM

    Good one, Sandy. I wonder how long that door has been collecting memories...

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  20. Anonymous12:53 PM

    I agree with you and the others that this graffitti is somewhat a clone of Jackson Pollock's abstract art.

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  21. Reminds me of one of the cartoons in one of the local weekly papers, but I can't recall the name of the strip at the moment. Might be called "Onion Head Monster"... that is a strip in the local weekly, I'm just not sure it's the right one.

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  22. Great shot. The overall effect really is very abstract

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  23. I wonder how many came back as adults to look at this door in the gym to see if their name was still there...I recall seeing names carved on the desks when I was in school ... so many years ago.

    This door has really turned into a piece of art.

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  24. The best scratch-away graffiti I ever saw was when someone made the back of a chair say "Dept. of _creation and _arks". Happy WW!

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  25. oh no, what a mess!
    cool shot though!

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  26. Anonymous11:42 PM

    What is it about our need to sign on like we held our arms up in front of the projector in school to see our own shadows. Trying to be seen. It looks like a fractal sort of meme.

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  27. If I had only known I could get money for my art that looked just like Jackson Pollack's, believe me . . . I would have submitted it sooner. I almost died of shock when I took an art class and learned about Pollack while I was in college. I regret never getting paid for stuff like his. ;o(

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  28. It's a fine graffiti, very spontaneous, genuine. I agree with your analysis.

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  29. Looks like everyone jockeying for their own little parcel of space. It makes an interesting visual. Lots of thoughts pop into my mind when I look at it.

    You have such a great eye... and such an interpretive mind!

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  30. Isn't graffity always about the individual trying to connect with a group - thus the public display. your wall is fantastic - even Pollock couldn't make it more interesting.

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  31. "If only the walls could talk..." That one does.

    Great photo Sandy!

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  32. The doors of public toilets along the motorways used to look like that, on the inside. I'm not sure what happened, but they don't any more!

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  33. it is amazing how many people reached out with something to say on that door, teenage angst perhaps or teenage love...

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  34. What a great photo idea.

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  35. I love this - I wonder what all the stories are behind the messages :)

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  36. Anonymous10:33 AM

    I like how you see the beauty in something like this!

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  37. I saw graffiti this week and it made me think of you! I wanted to photograph it but was too cold and lazy to get out of the car. Maybe next time.

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  38. Anonymous11:14 AM

    a perfect metaphor for teenage angst!

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  39. Anonymous8:27 AM

    nice looking. it always best if so simple

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