While on a trip to Europe, I became enthralled in photographing Graffiti or wall art of any medium. My friend John stepped into the frame, unintentionally, but at the perfect moment.
Amsterdammers have tried to solve the city's housing shortage by squatting in abandoned spaces since the '80s. Like many alternative movements, the practice has spawned artist workplaces, stages for performing artists and great art like this extraordinary building-high beast on Spuistraat. Will Askar get eaten? Find out on NEW cultural/literary walking tours offered through The English Bookshop on Lauriergracht in the Jordaan: http://shop.englishbookshop.nl/
The Copacabana Hotel is stunning but the graffiti beside it is even better.
If you're driving or walking down South Congress Ave on an afternoon or evening you'll smell the scent of pizza dough. It is an unmistakable smell and my girlfriend and I are convinced that Home Slice Pizza is actually setup to push the smell out to the street.
The pizza tastes as good as it smells! The sandwiches and salads are also quite tasty. The restaurant is immensely popular so you can expect a wait time during peak lunch and dinner times, but there is also Home Slice Too located just across the alley taking orders at the counter and with some tables and counter space. The latter option is also open until 2am if you need some late night eats.
Austin's street art scene is on the up and up and the past two years have seen big contributions by the likes of famous street artists like Shepard Fairey (OBEY) on the streets of Austin during the SXSW interactive festival.
Great area for spotting street art an graffiti include South Congress Ave, South Lamar near Whole Foods, Ladybird Lake, North Lamar, and Baylor Street (HOPE Art Park).
The Maboneng Precinct is undergoing a transformation with old warehouses and apartment complexes being converted into artist studios. We stumbled across this fun and thought provoking street art on our way to Arts on Main, a hub for Jo'burg's creative community to develop and share ideas. People scribbled their mere mortal wishes on the wall and local skateboarders were using the halfpipe (not pictured) and ramp to show off their skillz. Jo'burg is full of street art and this was one cool example.
Located across from Sakhumzi Restaurant and adjacent to Thali's Snack Bar I encountered wall art that captures the spirit of the people of Soweto and all of the once segregated townships. Walk up the street and you'll encounter vendors, dancers and all of the other things that cater to tourists. Soweto is a bit touristy but definitely worth a visit. I'd go in the morning or evening when the buses clear out. That's also when you can hang with the locals and get away from the Lonely Planet guides.
Most of us are familiar with the story of Oskar Schindler, German industrialist who was credited with saving over 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories, which was the subject of the film “Schindler's List”. Less known is a man name Otto Weidt, during the Third Reich who employed and in turn protected blind and deaf Jews against persecution and from being deported to the concentration camps. Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt http://www.visitberlin.de/en/spot/museum-blindenwerkstatt-otto-weidt located few steps away from Hackeschermarkt S-Bahn station is dedicated to telling this story of Otto Weidt's workshop.
Also, be sure to check out the galleries located around Hackeschermarkt. Most of them features local artists, and on Thursday evenings, there are quite a few opening shows.