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    Posted May 26, 2012 by
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Art where you live

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    Street Art Documents Times (Amsterdam)


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JoyfulGypsy was in Amsterdam recently and visited places with street art that she photographed four years ago. While comparing her street art photos she noticed the morphing quality of the street art in the area. 'I think street art changes with the times. I like to photograph it because I know it will change and I will not be able to see those images anymore,' she says. She explains that in 2008 there was no image of President Obama, but this time around when she was photographing in Amsterdam she saw graffiti of President Obama painted as the Joker. 'It is ever-changing, and I think graffiti depicts what is going on in society. So for me to take a picture of Obama now maybe four years later it will be a different president up there.' She says she enjoys street art and she thinks it adds color and tone to a community. 'I enjoy people who put a message out there, and then someone comes along and puts a message on top of that, and everyone is topping everyone else, and it just makes it more and more beautiful.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    I have been photographing street art on my travels for a few years now. I enjoy comparing the differences and similarities found in street art from around the world. It's also very interesting to me to see how the same pieces of art morph and change with the passing time, like a living canvas.


    For example, compare photo #1 in this iReport, taken in early May, 2012 in Amsterdam to photo #1 in the following iReport, taken in November, 2008. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-432654


    I took both photos at the same place. You can see how much that piece has changed in four years.


    I enjoy photographing street art because it is ever changing.  I know it won't be around very long and I want to capture it before it disappears.

    Photos by Lulis Leal
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    April - May, 2012

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