Dreams are the Beginning

Mural created by Italian artist Alice Pasquini located between First Street and Jersey Avenue in Jersey City © 2014 Angel Ortiz Jr. Photography

Mural created by Italian artist Alice Pasquini located between First Street and Jersey Avenue in Jersey City
© 2014 Angel Ortiz Jr. Photography

A few weeks prior to getting my DSLR camera in May of 2014, well known Italian mural artist Alice Pasquini was in Jersey City doing a piece for Savage Habit, an art group responsible for the many beautiful murals that floods the downtown area today. Savage Habit had tweeted out photos of Alice doing her work in progress. She was doing a mural on a nursery wall between First Street and Jersey Avenue. I went to check it out!

I always like to see an artist put an idea all put together as Alice did on this day. With her sketch book on hand, she was able to create a perfect metaphor for the nursery: two women on the far right admiring a paper plane as the words “Dreams are the Beginning” and “New Journey” are displayed on the far left. She did all of this with the right combination of spray paint cans. It was amazing to see in person.

The next day I had went to see it all completed and took a photo of it with the only thing I had in my pocket at the time: my phone. With an upgrade of photo taking technology, I went back to First and Jersey Avenue to take the photo (above) from across the street of the mural, making sure to capture all of the details and then some in a wide shot with a parked bike chained to a “Do Not Enter” sign, a street cone next to it and a tree perfectly placed.

I had tweeted this photo on the same day to Alice as she had re-tweeted it back to her many followers. Very much appreciated, Alice!

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