The Black and White Mural of Grandparents in Strasburg

When Cee posted this black and white mural challenge my first instinct was not to participate. Murals to me, are all about color.

But I love black and white photography. I might skip a post or two through the week, but I don’t miss this Monday morning share. It is here, like clock work, every Monday at 8 am EST, as long as I am willing and able.

We have a black and white mural in my hometown of Strasburg, so I didn’t need to search very far for a subject. I shared the full size version of this mural on July 15, 2017. But for this post I am concentrating on only half of it.

This portion of the mural titled “Great-grandparents with Baby” for some reason gets less attention than the other half, Legend of the Shenandoah, even though I think it shows more artistic ability. Perhaps it is the lack of color that makes it ignored. Perhaps its the location since it is not as easily seen from the street. Whatever it is, I hope this post highlights this beautiful mural, enough that it gets the appreciation it deserves.

In writing this, I corresponded with the artist, Erik Burke, to try to gain some insight into his inspiration for the beautiful creation he left here in Strasburg. In true artist form he declined to go into specifics, citing his desire for the viewer to interpret his art in their own way. I respect that, in fact it may be one of the most important things I love about art. So thank you Erik.


Please click on the individual picture to get a clearer view of that image

Follow this link to see more of how I see Life in Black in White.


13 thoughts on “The Black and White Mural of Grandparents in Strasburg

  1. Really interesting piece and side note – I am not totally happy when artists leave it all to us to Perceive – I think there should be both – a chance to have our raw take and then some point where we just hear their intention and a bit of their experience and take – and then we can compare –
    But I do know that some artists just do not always have much to say in the critique way – they do their thing and let it be


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