Posted 4 July 2007, by Aaron
Young artists in Berlin are pushing the boundaries of graffiti art by getting rid of the spray paint and replacing it with torches, glow sticks and digital cameras.
Flickr user, lichtfaktor calls himself a Lightwriter and creates stunning photography by setting his camera to over-expose and ‘painting’ various lights into the shot. The result is a modern and unique visual style which is reminiscent of urban graffiti but is clean and damages no-one else’s property.
Graffiti is one area of creativity that stirs emotions. When David Airey posted about the Kelburn Castle graffiti project opinions were very split. Certainly where I live lots of kids scribble their ugly and unimaginative tags over people’s garage doors and walls, which is nothing more than mindless vandalism. That said, I’ve also seen some wonderful murals around, and having a Banksy mural on the side of your house may even increase it’s value.
The innovative techniques lichtfaktor is applying to this urban art-form are exciting, imaginative and the results are impressive. It’s something I’d love to see a lot more of. Make sure you check out the rest of lichtfaktor’s work on Flickr.