Polaroid Guy

On a little dead end street near Gumpendorfgasse u-bahn station, there is a small series of murals. The most prominent one, is of a man in a black striped long sleeved T-shirt taking a picture with a polaroid camera.

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To his right are a few images that look like they are the resulting polaroids – part of his collection perhaps.

a small dead end street with street art murals on the buildings on the left side

These images were painted by Jana and JS, a couple who have been painting murals together for many years.

mural on a wall that looks like 3 square polaroid photos. Two are of young women with blond hair standing in front of apartment blocks, and the third is a man who is also taking a polaroid picture

mural that looks like two polaroid pictures.  on top is a woman taking a picture, on the bottom is a portrait of an older Asian man in a red cap and red jacket

Photos taken June 2022

three murals on Talimhane Sokak

In a small area where Resit Efendi Sk. ends at Talimhane Sk. in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul, there are three large murals.

below: Two Polish artists, SEPE (aka Michal Wrega) and chazme (aka Daniel Chazme), painted. If you follow the links to their instagram pages, you will see that SEPE’s work is with faces and figures while chazme’s style is very geometric.

large mural on a sand coloured wall, 4 groups of people approach a central building made of many box like sections, each group from a different side

below: A stark mural in black and white showing vehicles falling through an opening in the sky is the work of M-City aka Mariusz Waras (painted in 2014).

 a black and white mural by m-city showing jeep type vehicles with white stars on the sides that are piling up after falling through an opening in the sky

close up of part of a black and white mural by m-city showing jeep type vehicles with white stars on the sides that are piling up after falling through an opening in the sky

below: The last of the three murals is this blue bird with orange feet. It was painted in 2018 by Ukranian artist Alex Maxsiov. It is titled, “Turkish Tea” – perhaps because this bird (like the seagulls seen around Istanbul) has landed on a table with a glass of tea and a plate with unfinished food on it.

a mural of a blue bird with orange feet and beak, on a table, a glass cup of tea is there too
close up of painting of blue coloured bird with orange beak, on a mural

Photos taken early June 2022

Kamenne Namestie

… is a public space in Bratislava that is mostly parking lot. It is also home to a few murals.

below: Mural by tankpetrol, painted in 2018 as part of that year’s Bratislava Street Art Fest

a man in grey clothes walks past a kiosk selling drinks, snacks, and such things.  behind it is a building with a large mural on the side.  in the mural, a hand is holding a photo of part of a face on what looks like a ripped piece of paper.  the eyes and nose are visible.  the mural was painted by tank petrol

close up of face in a mural, a hand is holding a photo of part of a face on what looks like a ripped piece of paper.  the eyes and nose are visible.  the mural was painted by tank petrol

below: This mural was created in 2020 by Cart’1.

mural, a character in a white puffy suit is using forced air to hang blue wall paper.  paper has pattern of words ego and vanity in white

below: The blue wallpaper has a pattern that is made of the words ‘vanity’ and ‘ego’ repeated hundreds of times.

close up of character in cart 1 mural about wall papering in blue

below: ‘Rozjimanie’ by Fin DAC

large, tall, mural of a red woman, title of Rozjimanie, by Irish artist Fin DAC.  bottom part of mural is obscured by cars in a parking lot.

large, tall, mural of a red woman, title of Rozjimanie, by Irish artist Fin DAC.

 below: Daor and Dano, painted these two partial faces

two womens faces on a wall, painted mural

below: Above the coffee shop this statuesque woman, seemingly carved from stone, reaches towards the birds.

below: čo nás ľudí robí krásnymi [loosely: what makes us people beautiful] by Sasha Chagina and Jano Wajcko Vajsabel. It is a promotion by DM, i.e. an advertisement. But it looks so much like a street art mural! You might not agree with it’s inclusion on this page but you’ll have to admit that it has blurred the line between “commerical” and “artwork”.

large mural of a large group of people, a very diverse group, crossing at a crosswalk

on Christophgasse

in the Margareten district of Vienna…

below: A collaboration between Dutch artist nilsRVA (aka Nils Westergard) and local Viennese artist emilone (aka emanuel jesse) produced this peaceful looking sleeper.

below: The woman on the right with the curly hair was painted by Paola Delfin.

below: Some more emilone pieces – unfortunately with some graffiti added.

below: Down beside the man in the baseball cap, there is text, p.phobia. Is this a “signature” of the person who painted that man? The righthand side of the artwork is more emilone.

The painting are from 2014 and 2015. The photos were taken June 2022.

older women

This mural, a large photograph, has not weathered all that well. It’s title is “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and the artist is Bifido. On her website, Bifido says this about the artwork: “This work should have been called “selfportrait”, as it express how I’m feeling in this moment in the sight of the world. Working, talking, scoping, breathing Tirana atmosphere, I really realized, for the very first time, how it feels to be a woman caught in the grips of this male chauvinist society, to be a woman physically and mentally oppressed by men. As the work progressed, the sense of it changed revealing, maybe, the real reason that. I come back home, to Italy, more aware of something that makes me feel heartbroken, hoping one day something will change.” Please take a look at her website, especially if you want to see the photo in its original form.

By now you may have guessed that the word older in the title of this post has nothing to do with the age of the woman in the mural but in the condition of the mural itself. The Bifido work above is from either 2018 or 2019. Of the same vintage, is a mural by HazardUK

It’s title is “Motra Tone Revisited” which refers to a famous painting, “Motra Tone” also known as ”The Albanian Monalisa”, that was painted by Kole Idromeno (1860-1939).

below: This is a picture of that famous painting (found online, credit: public domain, wikipedia). She hangs in the National Art Gallery in Tirana.

a boy and a girl

Two large murals on adjacent buildings, both painted during Tirana’s MurAL Fest 2021. In the back is a boy reading, “Overseas Stories”. In the foreground is a large female face.

two large murals on adjacent low rise apartment blocks in Tirana.  One is a woman's face by manomatic and the other is in gold and blue, a boy on a chair reading a book with the chair acting as a boat sailing over blue seas

below: Close up picture of the woman’s face with red slashes. Many of his recent murals are portraits with slashes of colour, especially reds and blues.

close up of woman's face in portrait by manomatic, mural

below: “Overseas Stories” by Italian artist Mattia Campo Dall’Orto; a boy’s journey of imagination over blue seas as he reads a book.

Durazzo 2014

green vine grows in front of a blue painting, outside, of boats on the water, grape vines or ivy

All of the paintings in this blog post were seen in a lane in Durres Albania, in the “old town” part of the city near the Roman amphitheatre.

paintings in a laneway, on the left is a painting of a partially open wood doorway with a girl stepping out and smiling at the two boys on the front step. A black and white cat is also there. Some words are written in the corner, then on the right is a pale pastel coloured painting of flowers and leaves

Faleminderit Shqiperi = Thank you Albania!

They were all painted in 2014 (8 years ago) so most of them are looking a little weathered.

painting of kids, 2 boys and a girl, playing in a doorway

Written beside the painting below: “Ass. Cult. Ecletica 1st Bienale di Durazzo 2014”. 

painting on exterior concrete wall, a green shape with a face seems to be in water, beside a tree
paiting on outdoors wall, in black silhouette, a couple kiss under an open umbrella
a painting on a wall on a narrow street in Durres, a fisherman holding his net watches a woman dive into the water
a man walks past a mural on a concrete wall of a pair of pink lovebirds on a grey tree with grey and pink leaves

painting of a door on an exterior wall with a semi circular window above the door

mural on a wall in a lane, a woman looking out of a window, children playing on the beach

mural on a wall in an alley, seaside, old urn or jug, a helmet, other treasures washed up  on the shore or hidden away

street art painting of a mans tie with colours and shapes on it as well as a black Albanian crest symbol
painting of fish swimming away from fish hooks, outdoor mural street art
painting on an outside wall
abstract mural around a window with a musical theme - a guitar, some music notes, treble clef

With thanks to the Mulliri Vjeter coffee shop on Rruga Myslym Shyri in Tirana where I hung out trying to stay cool while editing photos for this post. June 2022

Tanini’s colours and shapes

As I walked around Tirana I saw several examples of murals by Albanian artist Eljan Tanini. This blog post features three – a whole building covered by his shapes and colours, a tall vertical mural, and last, a wall with four panels.

below: All sides of the building are covered with whimsical playful shapes in Blloku.

a our storey building with stores at ground level, covered with mural of shapes and colours, lower floors have grey background, upper level has yellow background, painted by Eljan Tanini
close up of some of the windows of a building with the mural that is painted around them

below: Street scene on Rruga Myslym Shyri with the bottom part of Tanini mural showing. This mural was painted as part of MurAL Fest 2018.
street view, pedestrians on sidewalk, umbrellas over fruit stand, shops, bottom part of mural by Eljan Tanini

tall mural by Eljan Tanini

below: Four panels in a concrete wall have abstract paintings by Tanini (one on the left, with a blue background, is not shown).
yellow building in the background, concrete fence with recessed panels that have been painted with bright coloured abstract paintings
a panel from exterior wall painted byEljan Tanini, abstract shapes and colors on orange background

stripes, and others, near the corner

On the southeast corner of the intersection of Bajram Curri Blvd and Rruga Sulejman Delvina in Tirana there is an apartment complex that has been painted in bright coloured stripes.

low rise apartment building painted in vertical stripes, with Mon Cheri coffee shop on the ground floor

The stripes change to shapes on the other side.

lowrise apartment building with coloured shapes painted on it

lowrise apartment building with coloured shapes painted on it

below: In the middle of the complex is a small structure with one wall painted as part of MurAL fest one year. The title is “Visual Diary” and it the work of Albanian artist Mariola Mocka.

small building structure with one wall covered with a painting, bright blue background with stylized items painted on it like

below: Another side of the structure is this abstract painting by noreason.

part of a mural in black and white shapes

And here, either the stripes fade away or else they have been partially repainted.