Toronto Graffiti Alley: A Photographer's Paradise



Graffiti or Street Art represents an artistic form that is unrestricted, one that rebels against conventional forms, and conveys a message to its viewers. Graffiti is intertwined into human history, dating back to the Roman Empires where they were plastered onto walls to make political statements and announce current events.

Today we can travel through city streets all through the world, from Hong Kong to New York City, looking for street art. An alleyway in Toronto is famous for images such as these, and has now become a tourist attraction.

Known as "Rick Mercer's Graffiti Alley," visitors can see fantastic art murals sprayed onto buildings and doorways, and it is completely jaw dropping. There is always something constantly being added, so it is always fresh and exciting to discover a new mural or two.

One artist, POSER is famous for his cartoon bunny pieces. They are edgy and playful, with all different expressions. They are definitely breeding like rabbits, there are hundreds all across the Toronto. However, the piece below resides inside Graffiti Alley itself.

Take a walk through "Rick Mercer's Graffiti Alley," if you find yourself downtown Toronto, you will not be sorry! The line work of the artists is absolutely enthralling, with so many of the pieces having such intricate minute details. The street art adds colour and evidence, of a vibrant creative class within the city. Each summer for the past few years, a group called, "Style in Progress," has taken over Graffiti Alley for a twenty four hour period of legal painting. The abundance of epic street art is partly due to the caliber of the graffiti artists, many who have visited from other countries to leave their mark. And is also partly due to StreetARToronto. It is a new Toronto program aimed to develop, promote, and increase awareness of street art and its role in adding beauty and character to the city. Their motto is, "Inspiring neighbourhoods one wall at a time."

Quick Information:

Location: Graffiti Alley is located in The Fashion District, and runs south of Queen Street West from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street

Best time to photograph: Early morning or late afternoon

Camera Tips: Bring a wide angle lens! If shooting portraits in Graffiti Alley you may need an additional lightening source, such as a flash.

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Graffiti Alley: A Photographer's Paradise