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10 Best Street Scenes

Posted in Art Style Files by Isabel Larner on 22nd August 2014

We pick our top 10 street scenes, from the everyday to the political and everything in-between.

33rd Street

Mr Brainwash

33rd Street
Mr Brainwash is a celebrated graffiti artist who you might know as one of the men behind graffiti documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. We love this piece for its bringing together of the older gentlemen perfectly at home amongst the contemporary graffiti, turning what is initially aggressive-looking into something typical and almost decorative. 

Curtain Road

Georgia Peskett

Curtain Road
Some of our favourite street scenes are those that embrace and reflect reality. We love the unashamed realism of this piece, which depicts an area of London heavily reworked by graffiti that reflects the culture of those within in. Peskett manages to take what some may consider dreary and transform it into charmingly candid. 

Kensington Evening Towards The V&A

Abigail Mcdougall

Kensington Towards the V&A
On the other side of gritty reality is the romantic reflection on a city. We love the dreamy colours that blur against each other and give a warming sense of comfort as we reflect on our own joyful evenings spent walking the streets on London.

London 1971

Romano Cagnoni

London 1971
Gritty reality is nonetheless never too far away with street scenes. We love the tension eminating from this photo, made all the more tense by the vague title. The ambiguously uncomfortable expressions and emotion contrast against the stoic posture of the policeman, who seems utterly detached despite his position in the centre of a crowd; what are they (or he) thinking?  

London Riots

Day Z

London Riots
For a lot of artists, street scenes and political commentary are inextricably linked. This piece is inspired by the Tottenham Riots in 2011 - a very direct reference, though the social critique remains wry and subtle. 

Madrid Street

Laurent Baillet

Madrid Street
Another thing we love about street scenes is their ability to transport us to another city quite different to our own. The energy of hundreds of different lives and motions merged into one is evident in this photograph, which makes our wonderlust all the more powerful. 

Trevi 2

Laurent Baillet

Trevi 2
Another piece by Baillet, we love how static the architecture is compared to the motion of the people; a sharp reminder of the transience of events and activities upon a relatively unchanging background. 

Monitored Landscape Series Stills 3

Robin Tarbet

Monitored Landscape Series Stills 3
The streets of our cities and towns are made up of more than just the macro; at the micro level there is the technology that keeps it all running. What looks like blurred CCTV footage, is actually an image of circuit boards that have been tracked by a small camera. The difference is hard to pick out unless explicitly informed; we are reminded of how symbiotic our relationship with technology has become. 

Waste Disposal

Elisabeth Bond

Waste Disposal
Behind the dreamy street scenes and newsworthy political events, the city must keep running. We love the homage that is paid in this work to those that ensure city life is as comfortable tomorrow as it was today. Carved into a woodblock, the stark, strong image is reminiscent of Soviet propaganda that would celebrate the previously unappreciated common worker.

X-X Crossing

Tobias Till

X-X Crossing
To appreciate what happens on the streets, it is sometimes best to stand back a bit more than usual. We love how Till has encapsulated a typical British street with relatively little embellishment by using this technique: the red buses, plethora of umbrellas and distinctive 'X' that depicts a distinctly British landmark could only have been appreciated from such a distance. 

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