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    Posted October 24, 2015 by
    Rochester, New York
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    Graffiti in Rochester, my early photo tours!


    As many of you may remember, (Us old time iReporters) when iReport was in its early days. I spent a couple of years filming all of the graffiti here in Rochester. I shot pictures in all 4 quadrants. It was quite a project!
    Graffiti comes from the Italian word "graffito". Which basically means the scribbling,scratching, painting illicitly on a wall or surface. Quite often in a public place. And let it be said, people have faced criminal charges for this. It has been considered defacement and or vandalism.
    Graffiti goes back to the ancients. It's been discovered and documented in Egypt,Greece and the Roman Empire. Graffiti sends a lot of messages. Some use it for social and political messages. Others use it for promotion and advertisement in various ways. Gangs use it regarding territories and gang related activities. Others use it for memorials, and famed men and women in history, and the list goes on.
    In my photo shoot, I came across many many places where graffiti was done. From old and abandoned buildings, abandoned subway beds, city utility boxes,restaurants,and rail road trains.
    So I decided to look into my archives and pick pictures to show some of the various places I have discovered it. Enjoy!

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