Since I was a kid I have admired street artists for their Grit. I am constantly intrigued by their ability to take it one day at a time against all odds while still focusing on their talent and skills.
Last week we were at Victoria in British Columbia, Canada walking along the Victoria Inner Harbour. While I was shooting some pictures, my family kept themselves busy watching a spray paint artist at work. An hour had gone by before I strolled back to join them.
By then it was past 10 pm at night and the crowd for this artist's show had dwindled to just my family. They had already struck up a conversation with the artist Norman Jay Seagrave who was impressed with the curiosity and interest shown by our kids to hang around and watch him in action for over an hour. He had decided to create his last spray painting for the day as a gift to our kids.
Jay's action also had a touch of personal sentiment to it. It was Jay's last day at the harbour. The city had served him an eviction notice.
At that time, there was only one way I could think of thanking Jay for his graciousness: Make a small photo essay of the 10 min work of art he was about to create. Jay's last performance at the Victoria Inner Harbour.
Jay, thanks for your work and for the gift. It was most precious and was safely brought home by the kids. Wish you the very best for the future.
PS: It has been a while since I did a 'day in a life' type photography and I enjoyed this 10 min low available light photo shoot. All photos were shot with a 50 mm / f1.4 prime lens. No flash. No tripods.