Walking past the Ha’ Penny Bridge on the lovely Deptford Creek, I stopped chatting with Alberto (I made this name up). He was erasing a giant graffiti tag on behalf of Lewisham Council.
Alberto shows me the mobile camera provided by the council. He takes a snapshot of the graffiti and somehow tags it on the LoveLewisham website (hashtag), ´so that the police can eventually track down the offender´. On his left arm a beautiful tattoo comes out the rolled up sleeve. This is a screenshot of the website on the same spot, a week later. You can navigate the website by a Google Map and select the spot you want to report, the one above was under the heading: ‘Two meter graffiti removed’.
Alberto has worked there for two years, but has now had enough, he says, he would like to move on. Graffiti everyday, he says, they never go away! I agree with him, and that reminded me of a photo I took with my mobile phone in the same place, about a year ago. The Railway arches, freshly painted by the Sisyphean work of people like Alberto, is in fact the perfect canvas.