In our travels we have sometimes come across art blooming in unexpected places. We have found images filling a wall by a beach, along the walls of abandoned buildings, sheltered under arches, coming into view unexpectedly behind buildings. Some were breathtaking, some convoluted and curious, some very simple. They showed places, people, strange creatures, things happening, worlds splintering, people coming together, people driven apart. They were as varied in style as they were in content. Wherever they were, they gave a different flavour to the place we were in, a sense that underneath the exteriors we saw at a glance were layers of complex stories, many deeper and darker than we could know. They suggested a rawness and richness of experience we, strangers, could only guess at.
So I was very interested when a friend of mine was involved in the production of a beautiful book of street art edited by Annice Jacoby, “Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo”. In fact, she found that it swallowed her life for a while as she enjoyed wandering the early-morning streets and alleys with Annice taking pictures, then worked with her helping bring the book to life. Now it has been published, and the colorful, densely packed images she helped create to capture those murals are accompanied by the kind of essays and commentaries that I would have loved to have had in my travels through other places.
Congratulations, Lori Bloustein, on the success of the work you and others did and thank you for helping bring the stories and the richness of these image-covered walls to us. Your photos are beautiful, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them.
Margaret Mair, MairImages.ca