Protest piece

I’ve posted so many images from my trip to Russia recently that I thought I would contrast that with this anti-Russia piece of street art by IDa4 which I found on a trip to Newcastle this weekend; it’s behind the Sage Gateshead.

You will no doubt have heard of some campaigners who feel that Russia’s Winter Olympics should be moved in protest at new laws to curb ‘homosexual propaganda’ and are calling for boycotts; I’m not going to go into it (otherwise we’ll end up opening that whole Thatcher-era law can of worms that is Section 28) but do have to question whether or not boycott’s actually ever work? Yes, I know the goal is really about generating the awareness and publicity, I think I’m just more in favour of work such as this to promote awareness, than in boycotting a product from that country in the hopes the corporate’s making them have some influence on government.

I took this image pretty low down to try and get a nice angle; it’s almost as if I had been lying in the gutter after a heavy night of drinking Russian vodka. I wasn’t though, but do admit that the night had been spent drinking several beers and some lovely Scottish gin so I wasn’t feeling top notch.

  • Camera: NEX-7
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s