Guest Post By Lisa Dorenfest
My love affair with the street art started in Oahu while sailing through Hawaii in 2014. I spotted ‘Sea Creatures Playing Poker’ when I went to renew our monthly marina-parking permit with Diamond Parking at the end of February. It wasn’t there the month before. I thought ‘I have to get a picture of this to share with my friends! Who wouldn’t love a picture of sea creatures playing poker?’ (Okay, maybe lots of people, but I LOVED It).
Sadly, I had ‘discovered’ this art form two weeks after the Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 festival concluded in Oahu. I may have missed the festival but was hooked on the art. It seemed that wherever I looked, I saw it and had to photograph it.
My love affair deepened as I continued my sailing journey across the Pacific Ocean.
When my partner and I sailed onward to Tahiti in July of 2014, I was treated to a rich mosaic of works by several local and international artists, including those created as part of the ONO-U 2014 festival…
… which ended two months before my arrival.
Sadly, I continued to miss the festivals and gatherings, sometimes by just a few weeks.
But when circumstances kept us in Auckland longer than planned, I finally experienced my first festival, All Fresco, in April 2015.
It was wonderful to enter the colorful world of so many incredibly talented and welcoming artists, many whose works I’d adored in other locations during my travels. Having direct access to renowned artists and watching them give birth to masterful works was priceless. I consider my All Fresco 2015 experience to be one of the highlights of my round-the-world sailing journey.
After enjoying a healthy street scene in New Zealand, I experienced a drought while sailing Fiji where the art form has not been embraced.
But it was ‘game on’ again when we sailed through New Caledonia in October 2015. It was here that I started merging my loves of street art and street photography as people seemed to appear on the scene at just the right time.
The 2015-2016-cyclone season brought us to Australia and a color explosion of street art.
….to the burgeoning art scene in Townsville, I was never without a color fix.
While I didn’t manage to attend a festival in Australia, I did have the good fortune of meeting several artists as they were creating their work on the streets.
Following favorite artists on Instagram allowed me to photograph important works before they were sadly removed.
I am particularly drawn to works with a message. The world is definitely a better place when we all get along!
As we sail into the Indian Ocean in 2016, I look forward to seeing the street art on offer in South East Asia and beyond. And I am certain to see works there from some of my favorite Pacific artists as their talent continues to attract global audiences.