Yes, I’m getting a late start on last week’s challenge, but better late than never! This past week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme was Old, and having just returned from Italy, I had plenty of “old” to choose from, but I wanted to shoot for the less obvious, so how about this: Old Graffiti!
It seems there’s nothing new about the apparent need for some people to leave their mark in public spaces. I overheard a guide telling his group that he had found some dating back to the 1830s–and with the level of security in place in the Vatican and other monuments, it is not likely that these scrawlings are recent.
Some columns in the Colosseum were covered with names carved into the ancient bricks. I can’t help but wonder, historically speaking, who was the first?
Can we consider the ancient cave paintings to also be a form of graffiti?
And when did it first become a crime to appropriate public space for personal expression?
Looking for some contemporary Chilean graffiti? Start with Good Graf.
For other contributions to the “Old” theme: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge
You can also see past Cachando Chile WP Weekly Photo Challenge entries here: