Graffiti as conversation

I’ve been photographing layers of conversation in graffiti, and tagging the pictures with “conversation”: Prior art for “spatial annotation”:

Time that land forgot

Time that land forgot screenshot

Timo Arnall & Even Westvang.

At the Iceland inside and out workshop Even Westvang and Timo Arnall collaborated on a project looking at ways of contextualising photographs by time and geography. We chose to shift the balance of representation away from location, towards image and time. This is a summary of our ideas and process, with an initial working prototype.

Public markup

Cable ties on a lamppost, Euston, London

This research looks at the marking of public space by investigating the physical annotation of the city: stickering, graffiti and billboards. It attempts to find patterns in this marking practice by looking at visibility, techniques, process, location, content and audience. It proposes ways in which this marking can be used as a layer between the physical city, and digital spatial annotation.


Street chairs in TokyoI have been treating digital photography as a narrative medium taking sequences of photographs to suggest movement, place, stories, journeys and discovery. In the near future I hope to to link images back to places using a GPS receiver, to produce some semi-automated travelogues. There is a lot of research to be done around contextualised imagery, and about mapping in relation to photography.