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Pics taken by Ann Graf – 2016
Miluawkee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
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I have followed Alessandro’s blog for a few years now and it remains one of my favorites. He has a true gift for photography and storytelling. I hope you enjoy this post and that you take the time to go back through his archived posts as well.
My name is Giacomo Ciapanna. I was born into a large sharecropper family in the late 1800s. Sharecroppers grow crops and raise livestock but don’t own them or the land they live on, so we were very poor. I also suffered ill health. So bad was my breathing in fact, that i could not work the fields like my many siblings. So i went to school, barefoot from our fields in Martinsicuro way up the hill to Colonnella, the town from which the family name Ciapanna came originally.
I was expected to die young, but the gods had different plans. In my late teens, all hell broke out in the form of the Great War. I was drafted into the army and handed a bayonet – a large rifle with a knife in the front end – that weighed nearly as much as my skinny, frail body. What i was…
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Yet another batch of images from my recent visit to Clarion Alley in San Francisco. Again, this was just ONE alley. I thought this might be the last post from this alley, but I have at least one more to make to get them all in. Are you overwhelmed yet? I sure was!
This is “Fist Face”, a historical work, one of the first in the alley, according to the man who saw my interest and took me down to the end of the alley to see it. I was like, “Wait! I’m not ready to go to the end yet!” Of course I could just walk back to where I left off, and I did, but it was hard to walk past everything I hadn’t yet seen to get to Fist Face. He’s huge and up higher than all the others. I haven’t researched this particular piece so I don’t know if what he said is true, but I will have to look into it.
The man on the far left of the right image above is the one who took me down to the end of the alley to see Fist Face. 🙂
Here are some more images from Clarion Alley in the Mission District of San Francisco. There was so much to see. My head was spinning after just one alley!
This one on the right is cool because inside the man is a view down the entire alley.
The black and white mural behind the light pole had this information on the right end of it, detailing the artist and when he painted it, as well as the meaning behind it. Painted in 1994 by Jesus “Chuy” Campusano. That’s a long time to be up.
I had the pleasure of visiting San Francisco last weekend for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and only wish I had had more time there. I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in 28 years, a fellow photo-lover, who took me to this alley, knowing I would love it. I have to say it was almost overwhelming. There were more alleys somewhere, but I didn’t even want to see them when I was through this one. It was just so much to see – loads of color and powerful messages. I couldn’t take much more in! But of course I had to keep shooting. I may have to break this up into a few posts because there is so much to see.
I’m having trouble using WordPress lately. I would like the photos to be larger, but I don’t have time, nor patience, to deal with it right how. I’d rather just get these images out. Anyway, forgive the small images and lousy set up. Maybe I should shop for a new theme. Someday.
This artist was being interviewed by an Australian guy while we were touring the alley. That’s my son on the left in the frame, the artist Kuba in the middle, and the interviewer on the right. Kuba is standing in front of his piece. I have included it from a couple angles so you can see all of it.
I was happy to see some of Jeremy Novy’s koi stencils out here in San Francisco. He graciously allowed me to interview him when he was living in Milwaukee a couple years ago. He has since gone back to California and is still painting his koi, among other cool stuff. I always enjoy seeing his koi around Milwaukee, several installations of which are around town.
Even the street itself is full of artwork. There were some sculptures as well and stickers and stencils galore.
I will stop here for now and go prepare a second post. See you soon!