This past autumn, the husband and I spend a rare and delicious weekend away from the kids and chose St. Louis, MO as our exotic destination. Well, okay… maybe STL isn’t Hawaii but if you have small children you know that any city seems romantic and exciting when you get a weekend away by yourselves. BTW, thanks Grandma June and Grandpa Mike for enthusiastically caring for the little ones!
Honestly, I think St. Louis is just a romantic and interesting city. With it’s french Cajun tone, it’s pretty architecture, it’s really lovely and almost over-the-top parks and little neighborhoods it just feels special and always sort of up-and-coming. We ate beignets, stopped at a lot of coffee shops, walked around the city, and went running together at Forest Park.
While we were there, I was drawn to the flood wall just south of downtown, a popular location for local graffiti artists. It not a pretty area on it’s own, but the wall is somehow quite lovely in places. Thanks to an overcast sky (it rained almost the whole time we were there) the colors turned out vividly (it was also shot with my husband’s much nicer camera which certainly helps).
What I like most is how differently the photographs turned out, even those these were all taken within about 30 feet of each other. Most are either wider and distant shots of more “unintentionally” painted areas (such as the first photographs below) or close-ups of smaller, detail areas of purposeful graffiti.
Some are very moody and romantic…
… others are more “80’s” and are fun and flirty…
…and still others are more raw, metallic, and industrial.
I’ve compiled more of them together in a gallery on this page.
Anyone else have a love of St. Louis? Or, street art from any city? I have a whole collection of cities I love at this point, and plan to keep adding to it… in fact, I’m getting excited for this Friday when I get to jet off to Orlando for a work-related conference! More on that later.