Street art is something I’ve admired for years – even longer than music photography. I used to buy the books, make special trips to the local train tracks to see what was new, and of course photograph it. At one point I was even making my own stencils and stickers!
I’d have to say an Andy Warhol style pistol was a definite favourite, followed up by the iconic Mr. Four Square. On rainy days I would stink out the house with spray paint just to sell stencilled canvases on Trademe. Those were some fun times, and now that I’m reminded of it, I kinda’ miss the smell of those times…
It’s probably been about thirteen years since then, but I’ve not lost that interest and admiration toward the art and the people behind it. I still love exploring new lanes and finding little treasures that might otherwise go unnoticed, and of course making sure to document the finds along the way.
And while I can’t say I have the same amount of passion for the streets of Hamilton, after the Boon Street Art Festival, there’s definitely a lot more inspiring nibblets to be found on the otherwise, and quite literally grey walls around the CBD.
I photographed the artists at work on the Friday and Saturday, which meant there was plenty of time to get to know some of the lovelies who were taking part in the festival. Hands down the biggest highlight had to be heading up maybe a couple of storeys on a scissor lift with Elliot, or Askew One to shoot him working on the details of his incredible piece. While he calmly spoke of his past and present life and his new home in Brooklyn, I desperately tried to concentrate on not looking down / shitting myself. Somehow I don’t think that would have gone down too well…
This weekend was definitely one of my favourites of the year, and I’m so excited to share some of the images with you! The finished art works are bloody stunning, but I also think it’s so important to capture the process. That’s something you’ll never get back – in anything, and is a bit like a gift from me to these beautiful people who have worked so hard at perfecting their skill over the years. If you’re interested in checking out more information about the Boon Street Art Festival, head over to their social media pages:
The Devil: Facebook or My Fave: Instagram
View full gallery on the Boon Street Art Facebook page.