Welcome to offthewall.cc
This is a website about graffiti. More specifically, it contains a project I worked on during a yearlong stay in Berlin, Germany. The project consists of an essay and a photo-gallery containing examples of some thought-provoking images that I came across while exploring Berlin and several other German cities. I shot a few of the photos while traveling through other countries in Europe.
Most of the time we don’t pay much attention to graffiti, and the messages on the walls pass unnoticed like a silent accompaniment to the rush of daily life. Every now and then, however, in a public restroom or on the side of a building, we come across a message or an image that makes us stop and think, or perhaps even respond. The goal of my project was to seek out and document that silent discourse, and at the same time document the thoughts and associations that these images catalyzed within me.
This website is as close as I could come to visually representing that process. It is also my hope that this space can serve as an extension to the dialogue created by and about graffiti. Anyone moved to respond to anything on this site, related or unrelated to graffiti, is welcomed to do so on the forum page.
- Roger Goldberg