I don’t know the history but there are several graffiti areas in the vicinity of Waterloo Station and the Southbank. I’ve previously shown the graffiti tunnel. I found more along the River Thames edge that had been turned into an open air, underground skate park.
Another image I shot, thinking about backgrounds for the Word project. This one definitely won’t work, but I thought it was an interesting enough slice of Eleventh Avenue.
Staying in the September archives, another image from 2007, I don’t remember exactly where and evidently I didn’t bother to keyword this one.
After a tough 7-mile walk we made it back to Guildford and the train station.
We took a bus from the area of our hotel to the Gare du Nord to catch the EuroStar back to London. Click any of the images below to see them full-sized (you may need to click the post title first if you’re viewing this in an email or on social media).
“J’Existe,” which I originally imagined to be a plaint of unseen minority or immigrant populations, turns out to be a fashion brand of the artist Thierry Jaspart. We’ll be seeing that name again before we leave Belgium. I’m not sure why some names on the kiosk of artist names have been whited out. Are these the ones who have been ‘canceled’ of late?
The opposite window reflected in the train window on the ride back from Ghent to Brussels and the graffiti as we approached Brussels’ Midi-Zuid train station.
We averaged about 7 miles a day walking around Belgian towns.
We arrived in Brussels on the EuroStar from London and walked up the slightly seedy Boulevard de l’Europe, heavily graffiti’d, to the Avenue de Stalingrad (even the Russians have reverted the name of Stalingrad) which led to our hotel. This is a broad avenue with mostly Arabic restaurants, coffee shops, and groceries that is undergoing massive renovation and construction. Only the first picture, above left, is from the hotel walk; others are from our afternoon sojourn of some nearby neighborhoods. Click any picture to see them all captioned and enlarged (if you’re getting this via email you may have to click the post title, above, first to do this).
On last week’s London trip to hear Shakti and Paul McCartney (see this post), leaving Waterloo Station by a new exit we found ourselves entering the Graffiti Tunnel. Click any image to see them all full size (you may need to click the post title to launch the web site if you’re viewing this in an email).
We quickly got our bearings and discovered some street art. If viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger.
We arrived in Plymouth and before even leaving the car park I tried one more time to rephotograph my text images on location. Still not doing anything for me. If viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger.
Then, when we left the car park, we realised we were not in the most salubrious part of town.
Something New York mostly lacks, but Chicago mostly has is alleyways behind buildings where the rubbish bins go and other below-stairs services are provided. this one adjoined our hotel.