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walkaboutwest on May 29, 2007

Great photo, I looked at the thread. However, it is impossible not to see it as a desecration when some idiot carves their name over a 5000 year old petroglyph in Utah. However, I admit I found some of the graffiti in Florence, IT quite interesting, as you did.

Ryan Calhoun on May 30, 2007

Thanks, Eve.

I completely agree with you. I believe an idiot carving his name of a 5000 year old petroglyph qualifies as "defacement of historical sites, or when real permanent damage is done to someone's property." We are of one mind.

In my short time there, it occurred to me that Florence is defined by tourists, motorcycles, and graffiti. I wasted most of my trip trying to shoot buildings and statues, and only came back with a few shots that really show what it was like.

Rafael (Retrocool) on July 13, 2007

great photo... nicely composed as well... and agree with immensely about the graffitti...

I had taken many pics in verona, florence and rome with so much graffitti (with racist writings) that I was quite outstounded...

even in the vatican as well.... oh well!

Ryan Calhoun on July 14, 2007

Thanks, Retrocool. Some of the graffiti, like this, was quite artistic, and tucked safely out of the way in alleyways and such. But there was a lot sprayed all over statues and churches as well, and that I just can't understand.

Rafael (Retrocool) on July 14, 2007

its funny you mentioned that, since i was in italy for a long long time i got to talking to a lot of locals and half would would prefer to have all the historic buildings torn down and have something made new and the other half love the history but want to do something about to many tourists!

go figure!

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