One of the great things, among many, about living in NYC is that it's home to a number of talented street artists. And the rest of the world's best street artists can't seem to resist putting their mark on NYC in some way. That makes it easy to walk around the city and see great street art, but there are definitely places where you'll find more active walls and in a much bigger format. There are a few go-to places in Manhattan where you're guaranteed a frequently rotating slate of new and exciting work, but the best place for large scale street art is Brooklyn. Bushwick and Williamsburg alone can keep you busy for days. I think it's a combination of much more space and also friendlier building owners. After a quick scouting trip to Bushwick this weekend with my DSLR and Olympus OM-1, I went back on Monday night with my 4x5 setup to take a few pictures of the large format work that I found most exciting.
These were all taken with the Toyo 45AII and Schneider 210mm f5.6 lens and I used 4x5 Fuji Provia 100 transparency (slide) film.
Overunder's Reaching Arm is Stunning - the much larger size on Flickr is definitely worth looking at for crazy detail that we miss with our eyes from across the street. That air conditioner is especially worth peeping on in larger size.
And then there's this ridiculous ECB Piece Right on Flushing Avenue. I actually waited for the sun to set here, because I wanted to frame this with some car headlight trails. I can't decide which version I like the best. You can see the first one at a pretty large size on Flickr. I doubt anyone has a screen large enough for this, but it's nice to see the details that a piece of 4x5 film can capture even at a reduced size. I downsized this pic from 12,000px wide.
This is the second version with a bit more red in the light trails. A bus went by during this 60 second exposure.