Last week’s Femme Fierce Leake Street Takeover provided more than enough photographic opportunities to keep me busy for a while. The tunnel always attracts artists but never quite as many at one time as the 106 female artists who descended on it on International Women’s Day.
In terms of the event itself there’s not really a lot more that can be said. The success or otherwise of the World record attempt to create the largest mural by multiple artists won’t be confirmed for a while yet as the evidence is presented. I personally don’t even think it matters all that much though, it’s certainly a nice to have but the biggest success about the weekend was its ability, not only to recognise the talent of female artists but to put ‘street art’ as such on the map.
I’m not sure that I can remember a street art event that has quite caught the imagination of so many media types and which has managed to capture the interest of people from all around the country and the World. One thing’s for sure, it certainly provides a launchpad for similar events in the future and as Ayaan Bulale, the Street Art Agency’s mastermind behind the event told me, “there’s lots more exciting events planned”.
So I thought that for this post it would be nice to see an alternative view of Leake Street. I took a load of photographs on the day capturing the event from start to finish. I also purposely brought along my trusty Nokia Lumia 1020, a camera phone that has an uncanny ability to take good shots in low light situations, crucial for getting good quality pictures in the dark tunnels of Waterloo. The other great thing about this particular camera phone is it’s in-built ‘Creative Studio‘ feature which gives you the ability to make cool looking edits, in phone and with minimal effort.
I’ve therefore, edited, doctored and basically re-rendered a lot of the shots I took to present an alternative look at Leake Street during the takeover. I hope you like the gallery 🙂