For a while this empty lot was home to some carnival activities during Last Thursday. Eventually a fence went up and the back walls were painted brown. A perfect canvass for graffiti. The walls are painted and the graffiti returns. The tags seem more considered than in other parts of the street, and the dead, brown grass is a suitable frame.

I started looking through my collection of Walk on Alberta photos and realized I’ve got a pretty good record of the ever-changing walls in that empty lot.

I’m starting to get a little bit fond of the graffiti on the street. It’s vandalism, of course, but the tags do add visual interest particularly when making photographs of the street most days. I’ve also started noticing graffiti when I travel. On a recent trip to Mexico City I found myself making photos of the graffiti there. It’s not so different.