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Chasing Lasers is my effort to capture the well-known work of street poet Laser 3.14.

The trademark signature above the aphorisms spray-painted in black is found peppered throughout central Amsterdam. Recently the colour red has been added to his repertoire for the occasional visual punch.

But what sets Laser 3.14 apart from other graffiti artists and taggers is that he doesn’t deface any property. He solely targets boarded up sites and construction tarps covering buildings in renovation.

What he decides to write I defer to the poet. Though some of it is politically charged or relates to current global and local events. In one instance, the word “RUN” was written on wooden planks of the recently closed Café Zuid on Van Ostadestraat. A few weeks earlier, someone sprayed multiple shots from what is believed to be an automatic firearm at two men sitting in the café. Though he also dabbles on the other end of the spectrum with hints of being a bit of a romanticist.

When I took my first photo, I had to work the shot as there were bicycles in the way. My mind quickly back pedaled when I realized bikes are never in the way.  They are a part of the urban milieu that stirred this unsanctioned collaboration with a street poet named Laser 3.14.

Laser 314

Press Here To Start Something

Laser 314

Stay Silent Don’t Speak About It

Laser 314

Even The Black And White World Of The Past Was Really In Color

Laser 314

Don’t Be Enslaved By The Color Of Your Skin

Laser 314

I might Die After This One

Laser 314

Too Much Prohibition Stunts Your Growth

Laser 314

Nobody Believes The Media Except When It’s In Their Own Interest

Laser 314

Maintaining Peace Takes Effort The Lack of Effort Is The Enemy Of Peace

Laser 314

Genocide

Laser 314

Run

Laser 314

Over-Nuance This

Laser 314

Deplorable

Laser 314

She’s Like An Angel Breathing New Life into Me

Laser 314

I Wasn’t There But My Smile Was

Laser 314

If Everything Is Offensive Then There’s Not Much Left To Enjoy

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