20 of the Best Street Art photographs to celebrate the year from Inspiring City

So 2014 has been a busy year for Inspiring City and as you would expect we’ve taken a lot of photographs. In fact we’ve probably taken too many, the majority of the pictures that are taken don’t get anywhere near the blog or even the instagram feed.

And that’s a shame because there’s some that I really like and I think they tell a story. All have been taken with my trusty Nokia 1020 and where edited, they have all been done in camera. The pictures are numbered for ease but that doesn’t indicate ranking, I like them all. So here you go, I hope you enjoy some my favourite snaps of the year πŸ™‚

1. The Calm before the storm in the Leake Street Tunnel

Leake Street, home to the Femm Fierce festival

The famous Leake Street tunnel, home of Femme Fierce. This picture has come to symbolise the event in some way, it shows the calm before the storm when over 100 female street artists turned the tunnel into a riot of colour

2. Zina goes blue for Femme Fierce

Norwegian artist Zina painting in the Leake Street tunnel

Norwegian artist Zina painting in the Leake Street tunnel, her trademark is that she paints blue hued portraits and this was no exception for Femme Fierce

3. Kef’s shed in Camden Market

Kef's shed in Camden Market was brilliant yellow and striking

Kef’s shed in Camden Market was brilliant yellow and striking. It was just one of many sheds to be painted and supported by ‘The Real Art of Street Art’ over the year

4. Ben Wilson creates chewing gum art on the Millenium Bridge

Ben Wilson created hundreds of little pieces of chewing gum art on the millenium bridge.

Ben Wilson created hundreds of little pieces of chewing gum art on the millenium bridge.

5. Save Gaza tag in Hackney Wick

During the Hackney Wick festival this year a number of revellers were also turning up dressed in 50's garb to see the 'Back to see Future'  with Secret Cinema.  I like the juxtaposition with the 'Save Gaza' tag which has been popping up all over the place

During the Hackney Wick festival this year a number of revellers were also turning up dressed in 50’s garb to see the ‘Back to see Future’ with Secret Cinema. I like the juxtaposition with the ‘Save Gaza’ tag which has been popping up all over the place

6. Airborne Mark gets busy at the Whitecross Street Party

As part of the Whitecross Street Party Airborne Mark was in typically dynamic action.  Possibly one to the most expressive street artists to watch whilst painting

As part of the Whitecross Street Party Airborne Mark was in typically dynamic action. Possibly one to the most expressive street artists to watch whilst painting

7. Wrist eyes up a passer by

Loads of artists got together for the Meeting of Styles festival including Wrist who painted this masterpiece which looks to me like it's taking a cheeky glance at this passer by

Loads of artists got together for the Meeting of Styles festival including Wrist who painted this masterpiece which looks to me like it’s taking a cheeky glance at this passer by

8. Zina art and a bike at the Meeting of Styles

Zina again and also at the Meeting of Styles festival.  I was lucky to catch this cyclist passing by especially as his shoes are blue

Zina again and also at the Meeting of Styles festival. I was lucky to catch this cyclist passing by especially as his shoes are blue

9. Amara paints the Village Underground

Amara Por Dios painted the biggest wall of her career.  This shot was taken on the evening of the second day

Amara Por Dios painted the biggest wall of her career. This shot was taken on the evening of the second day

10. Kef puts on a show at the Genesis

Kef painted the walls of the Genesis Cinema in a show curated by ourselves and our friends at Dutch Girl in London.  He'd only just started when I took this pic

Kef painted the walls of the Genesis Cinema in a show curated by ourselves and our friends at Dutch Girl in London. He’d only just started when I took this pic

11. Hannah Adamaszek paints more of her piercing eyes

Hannah Adamaszek painting at this years Whitecross Street Party.  Her work is great to photograph, the eyes just draw you in

Hannah Adamaszek painting at this years Whitecross Street Party. Her work is great to photograph, the eyes just draw you in

12. Nils Westergard selfie makes a new friend

American artist Nils Westergard painted this little selfie of him on Hanbury.  I was visiting with the Little Observationist when we spotted this delightful scene

American artist Nils Westergard painted this little selfie of him on Hanbury. I was visiting with the Little Observationist when we spotted this delightful scene

13. AR and Boxhead use the force in preparation for their show

AR and Boxhead put on a collaboration show at the Well Hung gallery and this cool piece was placed on Leonard Street

AR and Boxhead put on a collaboration show at the Well Hung gallery and this cool piece was placed on Leonard Street

14. John Dolan’s sketches of his dog George fills up the Howard Griffin

A customer admires the art from John Dolan on the Howard Girffin gallery.  The gallery put on a number of experiental shows during 2014

A customer admires the art from John Dolan on the Howard Girffin gallery. The gallery put on a number of experiental shows during 2014

15. Karis Knight paints on Leake Street for Kickstarter

Karis Knight took part in the filming for a Kickstarter video on Leake Street and I loved the way this came out

Karis Knight took part in the filming for a Kickstarter video on Leake Street and I loved the way this came out

16. Sweet Toof does what he does best

Sweet Toof is well known around the East end and was the first to discover this abandoned building

Sweet Toof is well known around the East end and was the first to discover this abandoned building

17. Rugman puts on a show at the Ben Oakley Gallery

Rugman put on an impressive show at the Ben Oakley gallery and I loved this pic taken through the window on the opening night

Rugman put on an impressive show at the Ben Oakley gallery and I loved this pic taken through the window on the opening night

18. Thieu paints a giant green lizard

Stephanie Thieu was very active during 2014 and I love this picture of her in action

Stephanie Thieu was very active during 2014 and I love this picture of her in action

19. Paste ups from Sr. A take over Brick Lane

These paste ups appeared all over the Brick lane area earlier this year from Sr. A

These paste ups appeared all over the Brick lane area earlier this year from Sr. A

20. Girl getting down at the Meeting of Styles

My favourite image from the Meeting of Styles festival was a girl dancing next to the giant wall which was painted by multiple artists

My favourite image from the Meeting of Styles festival was a girl dancing next to the giant wall which was painted by multiple artists

See you all next year πŸ™‚