The real potential for immortality


A game of cat and mouse was afoot in Shibuya. They were closing a wing of a building that had been scheduled for demolition. Just before the wrecking ball was due to smash it down, the owners allowed the city's graffiti artists to come and have their way with the walls. Many people think of graffiti as a public eyesore painted in defiance of the establishment. However, some graffiti can be art. Just ask Banksy. He is making millions off of his graffiti. Actually, no one knows who Banksy really is, so perhaps someone who has claimed his name is making millions. It's even possible that the real Banksy died years ago. We may never know.

This photo was taken on the last day this building was open. Tons of people were taking photos. Just like the woman in the picture, many were also emulating the works of art they saw. I imagined it was so that they could be immortalized. That's one of the things that I love about photography. It grants the power of immortality to its subjects. I should say it grants the potential for immortality. How long a photo lasts depends on how well it's cared for. Now that we have technology, the real potential for immortality lasts as long as the electricity flows.

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