In the months prior to leaving Brazil I’d written about walking and psychogeography as means of finding new ways to see, explore and understand the complexities and unseen beauty of São Paulo. It was fitting then, that during those final few months I became increasingly aware of a stencilled call to arms which seemed to echo my own advocacy for urban exploration:
‘See the city’
In the context of an iconic SP location like Parque Ibirapuera – where I took the photograph above – ‘ver a cidade’ (see the city) seems to convey a fairly straightforward observation: look how beautiful our city is. Continue Reading
Elsewhere on the blog I’ve suggested that the quantity and quality of São Paulo’s street art must rank amongst the finest – if not the finest – anywhere in the world.
And by ‘street art’ what I’ve typically referred to is the imagery of pieces such as those of the 1º Museu Aberto de Arte Urbana do Mundo (World’s First Outdoor Urban Art Museum) in the north of the city.
1º Museu Aberto de Arte Urbana do Mundo (Near Santana Metro station)
Does anything of note stand out in the photo below?
My view of São Paulo.
A city skyline? A beautifully crisp sunny day? An abundance of high-rise buildings? The haze of smog above them?
Well yes, but that’s not what I was looking for.
Ok, let’s take a closer look. What about in my street-level photo of Avenida Paulista (São Paulo’s main avenue)?
A traffic jam? More high-rise buildings? Another sunny day?
Again yes, but it’s still not what I’m looking for.
Ok, let’s pause for a moment because maybe I’ve been a little disingenuous. What about if I instead told you that what I was hinting at was not what you can see, but what you can’t?
Take another look…Any ideas now?
Ok, don’t worry about it too much, it took me a while too…