Friday, November 10, 2006


This is my submission for today's Photo Friday theme Gross.
These photos make me reflect about the boundary between vandalism and graffiti.
What do you think about it?
The Edifício São Vito ( São Vito Building ) in the east of São Paulo’s downtown, is a 28 story building rise in 1959. Nowadays this building has deteriorated and was occupied by homeless, unemployed or engaged on informal activities, as you can see here . The building that you can see in first plane is the Mercado Municipal Paulistano ( São Paulo Municipal Market) build in 1932.

These two photos above were taken in the district named Barra Funda, in São Paulo.

Photos by Carlos Alckmin Mascaro

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You can see anothers photos about the theme Gross on Glance-Olhar


  1. Such sad photos. It is so disheartening to see cities defaced in such a manner. It just makes them look ugly, sad, & uncared for. Thanks again for sharing wonderful photography.
    Have a very blessed & beautiful weekend.

    Blessed be...

  2. It makes me sad to see this, Sonia. I saw so much graffiti in Europe, especially in Italy. It makes the buildings ugly, and I wish the people who do it could see that.

  3. That is sad! Why is there so much graffiti? UGH! It's really becoming a problem everywhere. I think we need to crack down on it more.

  4. I wonder why? Why is there a need to express oneself in this way. I also have to say that I have seen some quite beautiful graffiti.

    Maybe it is the sense of 'dare' that pushes people to get out their spray cans?

  5. What an ugly building !

    and it's amazing wherever you go in the whole world there are graffities maybe not in poor african countries but otherwise everywhere. Those are international frustrated artists, but it really spoils everything.

  6. It is so sad that this big building could fall into such disrepair...How could this happen?...and as to the problem of grafitti...well, This is a HUGE HUGE problem everywhere in the U.S., too! I don't understand what the "need" is to deface things is all about, do you Sonia? This is very sad too!

  7. That is sad that those buildings have been left to deteriorate like that. Seems such a shame. Graffiti is seen in so many places. People are disrespectful of property. A real shame.

  8. yes the diff. between graffiti and vandalism...I think its the intent and if you have the 'ok' on if you can do it there. I think the graffiti syle can be pretty, but if it's 'tagging' then there is a problem. I know of a place in our city where it looks like it's a place where kids can go and spray/paint on purpose. It's expression in some others it can be deadly and gang related (not to mention ruining peoples wall,fences, or streets)
    Very thought provoking post :)

    look at this!

    Oh, and those puppies are beautiful at 2 mos...big too!

  10. It seems graffiti is world wide.
    Blessings to you my lovely friend!
    Love Jeanne ^j^

  11. Beautiful and sad all at the same time.

  12. Graffitti can be very ugly, especially when it is just mind less words scraled acroos building and it is expensive to clean up. However i have also seen some beautiful works of art sprayed onto old walls.

  13. In the city, where I am working, we have a lot of graffitys and I hate them. It costs so much money to repair it.


  14. Sonia these are interesting photos. It does make me sorry to see things fall due to deterioration and vandalism. Sometimes I do think graffiti is artistic -- but only in certain places (like a wall that's been reserved for such "art"). Unfortunately, we have it all over the trains here -- seems so sad.

    PS: Carlos is an amazing photographer!

  15. Hi Sonia,
    I don't like graffit one bit! I must admit that I saw some graffiti in Los Angeles that was almost works of art. It's too bad they couldn't find another place to exhibit their talents though!

  16. It's such a shame that graffitti is so prevelant in this world, these days. It's just pure vandalism. That being said, I have seen some wonderful walls, all graffitti, showing some beautiful artwork. I guess we will never know what brings people to do this ... don't they realise the cost to clean it all up.
    Have a great week Sonia.
    Take care, Meow

  17. Very interesting photos Sonia. It's too bad some people are so thoughtless and disrespectful. Yes, I've also seen some beautifully painted walls where the paintings were 'allowed'. But on buildings and walls like this it's very ugly and costs the taxpayers such a lot of money to clean up.

  18. Some graffitti is clearly about disrespect ... but others that are carefully drawn and painted can be beautiful, but I imagine those have been the ones that have been approved by someone because they take time to create (not a late night hit and run).

  19. How sad. While I do see some graffiti in controled circumstances as art and in some cases helpful to the beauty and reconstruction of an area,I very much dislike vandelism.

  20. I remeber driving down the freeways of Argentina and seeing graffiti "Viva Evita". That was in the early '90's. It was a sign of the times and evidence of social struggle of the past. I found it facinating then. People could be anonomous and publicaly state their political opinions. Santiago Chile during the first democratic election following the 17 yr. dictatorship of Pinochet was rampant with grafetti. (along with the tear gas still vivid in my mind).
    This is just a diff. prespective. It really pisses me off when I find it in my neighborhood.

  21. Oui, vous avez raison !
    Les jeunes ne respectent plus rien .
    Que diraient ils si on allait faire des dessins sur leur maison ou sur leur voiture ?
    Ils ne seraient pas contents . Pourtant , c'est ce qu'ils font aux autres .

    Je trouve votre fille et ses petits chiens très sympathique !

  22. The first one looks like mold growing on the building. Wow, truly gross.

  23. Gross is right. This is so sad!!!

  24. Sonia,
    obrigada pela visita e volte sempre ... adorei tudo por aqui, profile, texto, fotos, voltarei!


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