Monumental occasion on The Dublin Journals - our first outside submission. Thanks a lot, Farida, for sharing your Dublin with us!
Last week I decided to do a Graffiti walk of Dublin. Little did I know what I would discover along the way! I spent some time living in Berlin and I was starting to miss the colour splashed walls on every available spot. I always noticed plenty of graffiti scattered around Dublin so I know there is a strong culture here. Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon Grantham’s place a colour trove laneway running behind Camden Street.
How did I not see this before? I quickly took out my camera and had a super snapping frenzy. The thing that stood out to me the most was what seemed like layers and layers of tags. It was like peeling back coat after coat of wallpaper from an old house to discover what style sense your great-great granny had. It took me a long time to slowly make my way through the walls exploring the conversations between the artists.
While I was there a saw another group of snap happy visitors. They all seemed to be together and they all had flashy cameras and tripods. I decided to ask them if they had known that this was here. They then told me that they were part of a camera club on a graffiti walk. I felt a little embarrassed with my little insufficiently pixeled point and shoot. They told me that they had just come from Tivioli carpark just off Francis Street and that I should go if I wanted to see more. While I was already feeling spoilt rotten by what I had just found I decided to continue on my free outdoor gallery trip.
So off to Tivoli car park not really knowing what to expect. I had walked down this street many times but never noticed what was happening behind the scenes! Wow is all I can say! The bright colours contrasted perfectly against the Grey Dublin sky. I’m happy now that I struck up a conversation with my fellow snappers. I never would have thought that the walls of a carpark were such a good canvas. The graffiti here was more like full scale works of art and reminded me so much of Berlin! I took as many snaps as my battery would allow and left through the gates brimming with colourful energy.
So that’s my special day in journal. I hope you enjoyed reading it and will enjoy exploring it even more.