Artist’s mission brightens poor neighborhoods
In a slum hidden behind a corrugated wall in downtown Manila, kids play in rubble, addicts pass through a meth house, and the dozen or so families who call this place home get on with their lives -- doing laundry, making meals, playing pool and cards.
On a wall that divides the slum from a development next door is a series of photos -- profiles of people from different corners of the globe. They are the work of Kaid Ashton, a 29-year-old Canadian street artist who is making the world’s slums his canvas.
Growing up, Ashton was enamored by graffiti and cut his guerrilla-artistic teeth tagging trains in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Later, his attention turned to photography, and he has captured images in Iran, Cuba, Burma and elsewhere.
Ashton has recently turned his photography into street art, pasting portraits in train yards, slums, back streets and industrial zones in cities including Los Angeles, Toronto, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong and Manila, where he currently teaches art to street kids.
He chronicles his teaching efforts on his blog, http://kaidashton.blogspot.com.
Click through the gallery above to see some examples of his work.