Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Death of graffiti photographer Ian Talty

Ian Talty (click on image to enlarge)

I was saddened this morning to hear of the death of Ian Talty, a photographer known for documenting graffiti in and around Minnesota, USA.

Abandoned (click on image to enlarge)

Ian was killed while taking photos in a drainage tunnel underneath the Marshall Avenue bridge. The tunnel suddenly became flooded when a thunderstorm broke over the city. Tragically, Ian drowned as his body was swept into the Mississippi River.

Abandoned (click on image to enlarge)

He was an prolific photographer, with a humble spirit, and every Twin Cities writer and street artist who knew about his Flickr checked it religiously, hoping that he would choose their work for his next subject.

Artists and photographers venturing out to photograph or put up work - and drowning in tunnels and storm drains because of flash flooding - is apparently not as rare as it may seem.

This is the comment on one of his mid April flickr pics:
"Where else would I be on a Sunday? I'll tell you where: In a drain if the river wasn't so goddamn high"

Under the sub (click on image to enlarge)

Do check out his "The joy of the mundane" flickr site. He has about 3,000 pics up on line in various places, but this flickr address is probably the best and shows a lot of his excellent detail and texture shots too.

OOF 3321: from portfolio set (click on image to enlarge)

Decay, ruin & rust set (click on image to enlarge)

Or unlock: from signs set (click on image to enlarge)

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