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CBBH Photo Challenge: Street Art

January 14, 2014
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For months now, I’ve been meaning to get involved with Marianne’s (of East Of Malaga) monthly photo challenge. I suppose I hadn’t until today because I don’t really fancy myself as a great photographer. I take pictures of what I like, edit them, stick a few in a blog post slideshow and that’s about it. My thought process rarely extends beyond that. This month’s theme though – ‘Street Art’ – got me interested. I mean, how couldn’t I participate, given that we in Granada are fortuitous enough to have El Niño de las Pinturas among us. This guy has been smearing Granada’s dull, lifeless walls with his vivid and magnetising imagination for 20 years now. Exactly 20 years, in fact; a documentary about him was made and premiered last weekend in a local realejo bar (my neck of the woods). He has daubed countless pieces in that time, and to choose my two favourites has been virtually impossible! So I chose four instead. Is that cheating? Marianne? In any case, I absolutely adore the style and depth in all of them, and particularly the interpretation in the one of the giraffe. For a look at other examples of his work see my original post here.

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‘Cansao de no encontrar respuesta, decidí cambiar mis preguntas’ (Tired of not finding an answer, I decided to change my questions)

el nino de las pinturas, el niño de las pinturas, graffiti, granada, spain, españa, violin

La Violinista joven

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El Girafe

el nino de las pinturas, el niño de las pinturas, graffiti, granada, spain, españa, violin

La Violinista mayor

But the CBBH Photo Challenge is more than just an opportunity to show off your camera skills; it is a blog hop as well. The first ‘C’ and ‘B’, after all, do stand for conejo blanco (white rabbit). So each post posted in response to Marianne’s original post must include two links to two other blogs that the blogger has visited and commented on in the last month, so that his/her readers can ‘hop’ over to some unchartered corner of the frankly enormous blogosphere. It’ all about helping each other out you see. And we’re good at that in Spain.

So I will take this opportunity to direct you to Clare of Need Another Holiday. Clare’s blog, much like my own, new blog, focuses on part-time travel, as opposed to those that celebrate a nomadic and often vagrant existence. She has been all over. But mostly Greece. She absolutely loves Greece.

Secondly, I’d like to shout out to a blogger who has really wowed me with her vlog series recently. Jess, of HolaYessica!, blogs about Barcelona and various Spanish escapades. Her output rate is frankly unbelievable and her style and writing standards never falter. She’s also – fittingly – excellent with a camera. So go and say hi, and tell her that I sent you!

If you want to take part in the CBBH Photo Challenge, just head over to Marianne’s blog and read on. It’s fun and gives you a chance to share those pics that deserve to be seen!

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  • Cat of Sunshine and Siestas January 14, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Always been a fan of street art, and Granada is the place! You might also like Porto’s, which is highly political but really fun.
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    • Josh January 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Perhaps I’ll find out soon enough! Planning a trip to both Porto and Lisbon for semana santa this year…

  • Marianne January 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    That’s the beauty of the CBBH Photo Challenge, you can post as many photos as you like, Josh. I often show five or six, but this month only used one.

    Your photos as well as your writing are always excellent. Blog posts would be so much less interesting without images, wouldn’t they?

    As for your two links, I know Jess very well – her Barcelona blog is amazing and she is a natural in front of the camera as well as behind it. However, as I don’t know Clare, I’ll hop straight over there …. I think I’m in need of another holiday! 🙂
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    • Josh January 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks Marianne! I’m pleased to have finally taken part! Next time I’ll post a few photos then. I’m becoming more and more interested in photography this year…

  • Alan January 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Liking the giraffe…

  • Georgina January 14, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Josh. I loved the works of art although I dont know the stories behind them. Have you ever see the art/graffiti in the wonderful village of Marinaleda Sevilla, the story behind most of the art ithat of the struggle of the villagers. Such wonderful people in a libertarian village.
    Regards G.

    • Josh January 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Never seen them! Though I will probably be going to Seville some time soon so I’ll have to make sure I go looking for it. Thanks!

  • Gran Canaria Local January 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Some great photos here, Josh. You’ve inspired us to write a street-art piece about Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Thanks for that.
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    • Josh January 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Great! Can’t wait to see the end result 🙂

  • Claire January 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

    It’s over ten years since I lived in Granada but the beautiful murals by El Nino de las Pinturas remain a favourite memory. Is the Salsero Mayor club still there? I seem to remember he painted the interior with the stars of Latin music.

    • Josh January 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      I’m not sure I know Salsero Mayor, where is/was it? He has painted a lot of bars to be honest!

  • yourVIVA January 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Great photos, Josh!
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  • Lucy January 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Josh!

    I saw the link to this post on Twitter – I’m going to give it a go over on my tumblr!
    🙂

    Lucy

  • Jo Bryant January 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Loved these. And your header is sensational

    • Josh January 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks Jo. You should see the real thing, that is truly sensational!

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