Warning, the photo attached to this post has some strong language in it. The post doesn't, just the photo :)
People fascinate me. I took Psychology 101 at Mason and I have since then, become ver more fascinated by the human condition. What makes us think the way that we do, act the way that we do, create art the way that we do, talk the way that we do, etc. It is part of the reason why I am so drawn to abandoned places that have been "adopted" by grafitti artists. I am always fascinated by firstly why those spaces became derelict and secondly why people decorate them the way that they do.
There is a certain edginess to street art. It finds its beauty in the grunge, decrepit, disrespected and abandoned spaces in our cities and finds a way to burrow itself into our lives - whether we want it to or not. The same space can be occupied by hundreds, if not thousands, of artists over a span of time and each artist seems to build off of what the other one had already placed there. That was a bit reason why I did not try and photoshop or edit out the choice wording scribed upon the front of this old couch. I believe in representing street art as it is, raw and real and in your face.
I easily could have probably left the couch out of the photo and focused on other things that were in the car depot but when Lainey and I saw that couch, I think we both knew that that was a strong focal point for our photos to springboard off of. I think taking the couch out or trying to altar what was written on it would have sat ill with me; I would have created something that was not "true," and sometimes with photography you have to take a chance, put out what you have created and hope it does not offend too much :)