I could spend a lifetime photographing different artistic renditions of graffiti.
We opened a store in Chubbick, Idaho this week. Adjacent to Chubbick is an indian reservation. Driving through Fort Hall indian reservation at first appears to be like any other rural setting. As I drove further into the area it was clear that the standard of living was very low. Most homes were run down trailers. Commercial buildings have long been abandoned. Numerous dog’s running about the area with no sense of belonging. The vast majority of vertical surfaces are covered in graffiti. Tanks, buildings, fences, signs, and anything that could be painted had graffiti on it.
On some walls there was multiple layers of comments.
I found myself staring at the graffiti in the photo and it took on a three dimensional feel. Either the colors or just the way the paint was applied created an optical illusion.
Around the corner on an adjacent building is the word “PEACE”. Why no one has painted over it with messages or statements is interesting. Maybe it is the message of the reservation. All the residents agree on the notion of PEACE? Maybe.