By Sabine Galvis
Downtown Phoenix is home to a trove of striking murals. You can find them scattered through the streets or dotting your Instagram explore page. Why not walk a few minutes from campus and use one as the background of your next photo-op? After all, the perfect portrait can always be elevated by a unique or stylish setting. Don’t let your pictures fall flat when it’s so simple to make them stand out. My favorite backgrounds reflect the vibrancy of downtown Phoenix and are easily accessible. I’ve included directions on how to reach them, so feel free to grab your friends, a camera, and go!
You can find this beauty down the alleyway between N 5thStreet and 6th Street, along E Garfield Street.
Nearby points of reference: 515 Arts, Grateful Ventures, the graffiti house on Garfield
A Rainbow Array
Right by the corner of N 4thStreet and E Roosevelt Street, this mural is tucked between two buildings but still allows for ample shooting space.
Nearby points of reference: Public Image hair salon, Ike’s Love and Sandwiches
Yellow and Behold
Follow the directions for the previous image to get to this gem.
The location for this work of art speaks for itself. It runs along the side of the Eye Lounge gallery on the corner of N 5t Street and E Roosevelt Street.
Nearby points of reference: Eye Lounge gallery, Made Art Boutique
Flight of Imagination
This scene can be found in a park on the corner of N 2nd Street and E Roosevelt Street.
Nearby points of reference: Monorchid Creative Studios
The Perfect Spiral
Discover this sweet pick right behind Snoh Ice Shavery, by the crossroads of N 2nd Street and E McKinley Street.
Nearby points of reference: Snoh, Cobra Arcade Bar, Antique Sugar vintage store
Photography by Jeremy Buch