Lost Head – New York City Graffiti
New York is known for its graffiti. Many of these might be perceived as average vandalism, however, there are some creations that are truly artistic in nature. There is a talent in street art that frequently goes unnoticed, and New York is home to many such beautiful creations. These are creations that lend the place a personality – and they are the ones to look out for.
Nearly 10 years ago, Dan Kosmayer’s eye caught something as he walked all the way from Manhattan to Brooklyn. A little after the Brooklyn Bridge he saw a building with this street art and captured it forever in a single shot. It was later published as a part of his signature series, and we can see why it made the cut. Its unusual composition is captivating – and has fascinated many people over the years. It has spurned people to seek it out, in order to see it for themselves. Shot in black and white, the contrast in the image is further emphasized. However, what is truly mesmerizing is the juxtaposition of the comical and the real. Moreover, the graffiti in the surroundings, of what has become to be known as ‘The Lost Head’, lend a chaotic perfection to the composition.
Street art, as can be seen in the image here, allows the artist to leave their mark on the place. Frequently, it is used to convey a message, but sometimes it depicts only an emotion. Here, you are treated to nonchalance. However, despite its aloofness, the lost head stares back at you, inviting you into the rougher parts of the city.
Whoever knew that a single picture of street graffiti could capture within it the essence of a place? New York is not all about the fast pace and work, some parts of it are still struggling, and what better way than ‘The Lost Head’ to remind you of this.
Gear: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, 85mm f/1.2 lens.
Settings: Focal length 85mm; exposure 1/6 sec; f/7.1; ISO 400.
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