I love this week’s photo challenge! On several occasions I’ve ventured out with my DSLR in an effort to take some really good pictures of my old neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. Street/Urban photography is not as easy as it looks. I often face some internal apprehension when trying to snap away in public, especially when I try to include people in my pictures in a natural setting. It’s a work in progress and I’m slowly building up the courage to do so.
This week’s photo challenge allowed me to go back into my archives and share one of the first urban pictures I’ve taken. This Bronx storefront and entrance was beautifully painted to both represent the events that took place just block away from this location and to also memorialize the young life that was needlessly taken. This was an explosive case in NYC at the time and it had communities all over in an uproar, especially when all four officers were finally acquitted.
It’s not uncommon to see murals painted on walls or candles and flowers left behind to mark the death of someone in inner cities. Wether it’s on the sidewalk, side of a building, or at a park, the inhabitants of urban metropolises find unique and thoughtful ways to commemorate their fallen in their tight-knit community.
I wish I knew the name of the artist (or artists if more than one) to include in this post. This was taken over 10 years ago and I highly doubt this mural is still there. I am glad that I took a picture of it at the time.