Attitudes towards graffiti are so varied that depending on where you paint it could be a permanent feature or you could find it quickly removed. As a graffiti writer one of the most important things is to document the piece. This is where photography serves as a pure document of a temporary piece of art. As Walter Benjamin points out that a reproduction of any art work will never offer the full justice it needs.
45rpm’s work however, goes beyond just documenting the painting but the culture that surrounds it, hit the jump to see the rest of his work.
“the painting aspect of graffiti is not even a quarter of the experience. The build up before, the climb, the chase, painting in the pitch black, the adrenaline, the beers after, the list goes on”
Due to the incriminating nature of the work it is often difficult to avoid taking photos with peoples faces in but this is a challenge 45rpm relishes. The results are often blurry, grainy and sometimes a mess but it still has the representation of the moment that passed. The images may not make much sense to most people but other graffiti writers will understand.