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Better Out Than In: Banksy in NYC

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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

Better Out Than In: Banksy in NYC

Noe Todorovich

Banksy fascinates me. Not just Banksy himself, but everything about and around him. His art is one thing and then the reactions—from worship and fawning over his every little move to scrawling over his work in defiance and maybe even anger—are another. His anonymity is incredibly impressive. His art is thought-provoking and discussion-inspiring.

Hearing about Better Out Than In, his month-long project on the streets of New York City, I wanted to see it for myself. This proved rather difficult given how quickly each day’s work would be defaced or sometimes even removed entirely. You see, again, the extreme effect Banksy has on people…fascinating!

As we hunted around the city, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was part of some elaborate hoax and if Banksy was even really behind it all. In this day and age of impersonators (we’ve all seen Catfish on MTV, amirite?!) and imitators, I think it’s natural to become a bit skeptical. How can you ever be truly certain?

And then…what does it really matter?

Transient

We started out zero for three in the hunt. One apparently was hidden by a man trying to charge people to see it, while the other two were entirely removed…one involving a CAR. Yup, it’s that serious. I was thrilled when we found one mostly in tact—as a result of protective glass and video surveillance going up. I wondered what Banksy thought of all the reactions—both to destroy and to preserve. And my mind filled with thoughts and questions. THAT is what I like most about the entire thing. It’s not just something to see and photograph. It’s something to think about and discuss.

I could go on and on, but I shall spare you and just share a few pictures I did take. And if you find it as interesting as I do, then let’s discuss! :)

October 2 | Westside

October 2 | Westside

October 17 | Williamsburg

October 17 | Williamsburg

October 18 | West 24th Street

October 18 | West 24th Street

October 12 | Manhattan (Banksy in the middle...missing)

October 12 | Manhattan (Banksy in the middle...missing)