It was a cold December evening six years ago. I missed my train and was sitting in a frigid London underground, blowing vapor circles into my hands and hoping for warmth. He entered the station unassumingly. He was wresting something from his coat. He glanced this way and that, nervously, but underneath the hooded stare, I saw no guilt; no shame. Just introversion. The object came free and he began shaking the can of spray paint vigorously.
I had never before seen a graffiti artist in motion. It was poetic, like live theatre let me tell you. He started with the "g" but I lost track of the letters as I watched his hands and body move. When my eyes focused again, "G.O.O.D." was the impression left on brick.
It seemed less like vandalism than art afraid of expression. He left, and a busker with a lonely harmonica replaced him. Good, indeed.
Good art shows up in the most unexpected places, and yet it's all around us. In this week's PhotoPlay prompt, I'm wondering how you spot good photography. Here are a few ways I personally consider it good:
1. Its details evoke emotion:
2. It is clean and empty and open:
3. It employs clever composition:
4. It is everyday, seen differently:
5. It transports:
6. It is momentary:
7. It is elusive and therefore captivating:
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