Sunday, April 15, 2012

Graffiti Moon


Graffiti Moon, originally uploaded by margotwood.
Oh 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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11 comments:

  1. I love it, Margot! Can I just say my favorite part of the story was the ENTIRE BOOK? That might not be fair, but it's totally true. =)

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  2. Oh yes, I love it when I meet other people that seem to adore Graffiti Moon as much as I do.

    I love this photo. I'm gonna check out the rest of your photos, Margot, because I see talent here <3

    Oh and I love the entire book but one of the most especial parts for me is the scene when Lucy and Ed are at that party and Ed covers Lucy's eyes and his too, and their conversation, that was amazing.

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    1. I love that scene too! It's easily my favorite one. Thanks for the kind words, and any recommendations for books I should add to this series?

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  3. LOVE the photo! I haven't read the book yet, but Sarah said it's fantastic, so it's next on my TBR list (after I finish THE SCORPIO RACES).

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  4. I LOVE this photo so hard!!! And I agree that Graffiti Moon is a fabulous read!

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    1. I love your comment so hard!!! Thanks for the feedback!

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  5. Yes, I went into a bit of withdrawal when I finished Graffiti Moon as well. Loved the book and I adore your photo - beautifully done =)

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    1. Thank you so much! It was pretty easy to accomplish, but it really is Cath Crowley's writing that made this photo possible.

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  6. This is just...gah! I can't even. Oh my wow!! This is amazing!! :D

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  7. I had to come and find this! I don't think I discovered your blog until the summer, so I wasn't following when you posted this. Love it! And yeah, the book is amazing :) I wish an artist would create the murals from the book! They were so well described it was like they existed somewhere.

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  8. Graffiti Moon was one of my favorite reads in 2011. I liked how artsy and vibrant the story is and how it all happened in just one night. I think you picked a great location for this - also love the outfits that you picked for both characters.

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