Graffiti Moon. You are one of my favorite books I've read this year, dare I say even ever? Possibly. You are that good. And that is why I had to include you in my young adult photo series.
So let me introduce those of you who haven't read this to Graffiti Moon, written by the amazing Cath Crowley. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of this book, but it's so good I bought a hard cover copy as well. It's worth it. This book combines so many things that I love: well written characters (especially Shadow who is my book boyfriend), suspense, romance and most of all graffiti.
I have been photographing graffiti ever since I got my first digital camera. I love the colors, the expression the danger to it all. Graffiti has been one of my favorite mediums of art for as long as I can remember so when I heard that there was a YA book coming out that was about a graffiti artist I was super excited to read it. The best part was, the book exceeded my expectations. It was 10x better than I expected and I went through a little withdrawal when it was done. I wanted more of Shadow, more of the dual narrative, more poetry, more art talk.
So the only way I can continue to live in Shadow and Lucy's world is by photographing them. And thus you have this photo.
This shot was much simpler and easier to take than almost all of my other YA photos I've done. What made it easy was that I already knew where I wanted to photograph. Finding decent graffiti can be hard in New York. I didn't just want some crappy tags on a wall, I wanted color, texture and grit that would also be beautiful. Hopefully you agree with me that this spot I chose was worthy of Shadow's art. If I could change anything about this photo, I would hire a real graffiti artist to recreate one of Shadow's paintings. That would have been really cool....especially the one with the upside down bird.
So have you read Graffiti Moon yet? What did you think? What were your favorite parts of the story? I'd love to hear what you think of it!
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