Milo Tchais – London, February 2011

In Melbourne if you want to see someone painting on the street all you have to do is cut a lap down any of the lane ways that have become “Street Art hot spots”.

In London, it was not always that simple, the city is huge and even though there were some legal spots they were typically really spread out and were not nearly as interesting as illegal walls.


Yet, for us this was, exploring this huge city was very much part of the adventure. Heading out to remote parts of the city, hoping to spot a new piece or even grab a glimpse of someone getting something up.


We lived in Central London and one of the locations that you had a high likely hood of seeing someone paint was The Foundry. A former night club turned condemned hang out for squatters and social activists.


The building was famous for its early and very large Banksy mural at the rear, that was controversially covered with a wooden hording for preservation at the very start of Banksy fever.


It was a brutally cold day in London, the wind chill felt like it was cutting your fingers and the streets were practically empty.


These days were great for shooting as you had entire streets to yourself. As I passed by The Foundry I caught a wiff of fresh aerosol and found that Brazilian artist Milo Tchais was painting one of his hugely colourful pieces directly above the infamous Banksy hording.


Milo is a really humble artist and was happy to have a chat and let me take some snaps of him in action.


Shot on a Panosonic Lumix FZ50