Being someome who loves to photograph bicycles, I often ride around looking for interesting backdrops while imagining how my bike will look in front of them. This doesn’t always do wonders for my point to point times – but who’s counting anyway ?
Graffiti sometimes catches the eye, but doesn’t always make for a good bike photo because it can compete strongly for attention and lead that eye on a merry journey away from the bike.
Sometimes this can work well as long as you aren’t trying to show the bike’s details. The overall impression could be one of the bicycle being at one with the urban lifestyle, as of course it is …
Graffiti varies in its intensity and the simpler or more calm varieties with larger flat areas will sometimes work quite well to complement detail and add interest to the picture.
It can help to re-position the bike a few times checking that areas of similar tone and colour aren’t super imposed and the details lost ( a good idea for bike photography in general ).
I try but don’t always find time.
If you have the time, also try re-positioning the bike to see how merging the rhythm and lines of the bike and the graffiti can enhance the photo.
Rules in photography are only guidelines that may beg to be broken.