One thing I find myself constantly attracted to is street art. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll occasionally see a mural sprinkled in there. Whether it’s here in Los Angeles or wandering somewhere new, I ~love~ seeing art on buildings, sidewalks, or other unique spaces. It instantly makes a place a little more magical and gives it an undeniable personality.
Of all the street art I’ve photographed, the stunning murals and paintings I discovered in Chile were by far the most impressive. Both Santiago and (especially) Valparaiso have vibrant cultures and communities that you can find reflected on the sides of homes, retail spaces, and sidewalks. Here are a few of my favorites, but beware: looking at these pictures may induce flight-buying!
Santiago is a relatively large city, and if I’d just been meandering the streets alone I definitely wouldn’t have seen as much graffiti as I did. Luckily I had an amazing Couchsurfing host who took me around the San Miguel neighborhood and showed me some of the spectacular paintings there—most of which (save for one or two) were done by Chileans about Chile’s culture and history.
Valparaiso is a small seaside town with an endless supply of street art. Just wander around and you can’t take a wrong turn—no matter where you go you will find something you’ll feel tempted to stare at or photograph. I spent my days walking around the two main hills of the city: Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción.