In the early hours of Saturday morning, the letters ‘NEMEW’ appeared in 35 places across Winchester, painted with a brush and white paint. A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with the crime and a clean-up operation is in place.
Before Winchester is completely purged of the nemews, i thought it would be interesting to find as many of them as i could and take some photographs, just as a documentation exercise. I don’t approve of graffiti, and it upsets me that Winchester has been defaced in this way (it’s not even pretty graffiti!) but i can’t help feeling a little bit impressed that somebody managed to paint it in so many places in one night. As far as i’m aware, nobody saw it being done. It is impressive in that it is so prolific, and in a couple of places it must have been quite dangerous to do.
Surprisingly a search of the internet returned no image results. I would have thought lots of photos had been taken. So i have created a Flickr group: Nemew, Winchester and i welcome contributions for anyone who has seen this particular graffiti to take a photo, geo-tag it and add it to the group. Then we can see them on the nemew map.
I have only managed to find 11 so far.
It’s not illegal or immoral to take photos of graffiti, is it? Even if it’s on somebody’s private property? I hope not!
Thank you to Jack for tipping me off about a few of them.