I spent only a short period of time in the cold today taking photographs of artwork and in that short span of time with snow speckled views I contemplated and mentally admired the work of a man who has diligently and consistently worked under such hostile conditions for the sake of his art and for the lessons in pushing confines. I marvelled at the fact that a whole new generation of people by virtue of wandering the streets of Shoreditch would learn of this artist, the origins of his work, his art of non-violent direct action and the history of the Berlin wall and its eventual demise.
Thierry Noir has worked on a different wall practically every single day since arriving in London last week, there seems an urgency to it, maybe he knows he won’t be here again soon so takes a given opportunity and makes the most of it.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to talk with Thierry, he was busy most days that I passed by or surrounded by cameras and film crews, maybe another time.
I found a clip on youtube of Thierry painting the Berlin wall in a scene from Wim Wenders film ‘Wings Of Desire’. I like this clip, it is a perfect moment in time unexpectedly caught on camera yet so relevant to the time and place in the film.