Alexa Meade, the Politician who preferred Art

Alexa Meade is one of the coolest artists I’ve discovered this year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science but fortunately she decided to put an end to her bureaucratic career to pursue her dream to become a professional artist in 2009.  Nowadays, she is a curious installation artist, best known for her portraits painted directly onto the human body.

Alexa takes an innovative approach to art. She describes her style of painting as a reverse Trompe-L’Oeil. Unlike a traditional Trompe-L’oeil painting which tricks the eye into thinking a 2D canvas might be a real 3D space, Alexa does the opposite, she takes the 3D world and creates the illusion that it is a 2D painting.

This Goddess travels the world creating art installations and commissioned portraits. She has exhibited her art at the Grand Palais in Paris, painted a MINI Cooper on the streets of Tokyo, Graffiti-ed Living Murals in San Francisco and also delivered a TED Talk which I really recommend.

Below, my favorite Living Paintings.

If you want to know more about this Great artist, visit Alexa’s webpage: http://www.alexameade.com/

Travelling with the Lens to England

Describing London it’s just too difficult. Only by visiting England’s capital city you might be able to understand how cool it is. Is the place where modern and traditional blend perfectlly together.

I found this phrase which I think pretty much describes what I think of it: “Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” ― Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3

These is my collection of shots from London 2014/15/16 plus a Bonus Track of some Oxford pictures. Enjoy!

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Travelling with the lens to Spain – Streeting Barcelona

Barcelona, Capital City of Cataluna. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and one of the top touristic destinies. There are 100 reasons to visit Barcelona, but the main reason for my last trip was “The Streets”.

I’ve been “Streeting” Barcelona (I made up this word)  for four days, collecting shots of the intriguing passages from the Gothic Quarter, El Borne and Barceloneta.

Everything on those streets is special. If you look above, you will find the blue sky hiding behind the clothes hanging from the windows. A colorful image that transmits freedom. You will see also the neighbors sniffing on the tourists walking on the street and sometimes you may even spot a crazy and tired Barcelones throwing bleach or eggs to the shouters after midnight.

Everybody walking on the streets is interesting. You see different races, you hear random languages, you find extreme ages and a mix of cool and unique styles.

The architecture of this city is merely Fantastic. The old buildings, the balconies, the doors, and Gaudi, the master of the architecture.

But what I loved from these streets are the pieces of art hanging from the walls. Barcelona is full of Street Art. Walls, doors, windows, traffic signs everything has been intervened by colorful aerosols and stencils.

These are some of my favorite shots:

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

No entry! Art Invasion

In the last years I’ve spotted many, many No entry signs with humorous interventions across the European Cities. And now I am a big fan of this artist!

I can’t handle it! Every time I travel, I am trying to hunt a new No entry sign.
It’s fascinating how imaginative and creative people could be, and how easy you can turn a negative red sign into a masterpiece, revamping the cities!

And today I just noticed that they arrived to Dublin!

This is my collection so far. I will keep on chasing them and will collect them in Section: Street Art Collection: No Entry – Art Invasion

The creator of this movement (there may now be imitators) is Clet Abrahams, a French artist whose been corrupting signs all over Europe for years. More examples can be found on his Facebook page.

Seen any others? Post them here!

Travelling with the Lens to Scotland

Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses, interspersed with valleys and lakes.
Is a land with a rich, multi-layered history, a place where every corner of the landscape is steeped in the past. Hundreds of castles testify to the country’s often turbulent history.
We did a road trip across the beautiful green country. From Inverness to Lock Ness, the Highlands, the Eilean Donan Castle, Edinburgh ending up in Stirling.

The Highlights of the trip were the cool Highland cattle, a very weird and unique cow from the area, and the fascinating street art surrounding the phantasmagoric city of Edinburgh.

Below, my favorite shots.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Travelling with the lens to Hungary

Hungary, what can I say? It is simply the country with more historical events that I have ever visited so far. A country that lived many invasions, 2 World Wars and 45 long years of communism. In Budapest, the constructions and reconstructions, the pubs, the monuments, the trasnport, everything reflects a little bit of its story. It s a chaming city that has it all, exquisite thermal baths, delicious food, cool nightlife and gorgeous buildings. It’s worthy to visit either to chill out or to have superb fun!

I hope these selection of pictures reflects how much we enjoyed our stay there.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Travelling with the lens to Belgium

Becasue Brussels and Bruges are probably the most well known cities in Belgium, we decided to stay in Ghent. It’s a student city and always vibrant and alive. Simply beautiful, cool and full of design, architecture and history. Every single shop, even the butchers, were full of design!!!

Curiosity: The Lonely Planet has called the city “Europe’s best kept secret” and a must see destination for 2011 and the National Geographic Traveler Magazine has listed this city as the most authentic historic city in the world and full of life.

Guided by the locals, we found the little graffiti street! While graffiti is of course prohibited in Ghent, the city makes a couple of exceptions, and the Werregarenstraat is one of them. Street art used to be a major problem in Ghent so the government commissioned off one small avenue specifically to be used for artists. The graffiti alley, between Hoogpoort and Onderstraat, it’s a shady but colourful place where street artists can let themselves go. The appearance of the Werregarenstraat changes constantly, and this is how we found it last weekend

Bruges is beautiful as well but much more expensive and touristy.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Travelling with the lens to Greece

Greece is a marvelous country. It has great diversity and a range of places and landscapes that cannot be found together anywhere else. Is the place where wonderful experiences never end. There is always more to explore, to discover, to see, to taste and to photograph.

This country has a culture starting from ancient times. Despite the fact that the British Imperium took most of the main Greek Buildings, you can still enjoy the area where they originally were constructed and understand their spectacular architecture, specially the Acropolis.

Greece is the land of the islands. Islands of different shapes and sizes; different personalities; different possibilities. It has some of the most beautiful beaches of the world with incredible sunsets.

This is our selection of photos from Athens, Santorini and Mykonos.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Travelling with the lens to Portugal

Portugal lies along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula in south Western Europe. Despite its relatively small size, the country boasts a great diversity of geographical features, from golden plains to mountainous zones.

Lisbon in particular fascinates me! Is a magical city, where the imperial past and an independent present come together to make the city unique, a special place full of infinite possibilities.

I already mentioned how much I love this country in my previous post: Chasing street art in Portugal. 

This time I leave you with some of my favorite photos from our Road trip across Portugal.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense