It’s pretty hot here in Bangkok, and as we sit here in a cafe in the centre to escape the midday relentless sun rays beating down & turning the growing patches of skin where my fringe used to be to a rosy pink shine, I figured now would be a good time to sit back, flip open the netbook & do some reflection on the masses of pictures we’ve taken during our last 5 months of non-stop travel.
It’s Amateur Hour In Camera Town
By no means are we leaning anywhere towards the professional photographs that you’ll see on other great photo-heavy travel blogs like; Tony & Steph @ Twenty Years Hence, Cez & Agness @ eTramping & a blog we’ve long admired, The Road Forks, but we take pictures for ourselves & because we love the odd angles we capture, the weird bleeding of light that ruins a picture & following Dani @ Going Nomadic’s lead by “adding a torso” to bring that bit of *ummph* to a landscape.
Personally, some of my favourite shots tend to be the ones that most people will look at & go “and?” – and I don’t mind. It actually brings a smile to the corner of my mouth that the image I’m looking at is one in a million. Most of the time it’s down to the subject matter.
For instance, I love taking pictures of shop signs, the not-so-common place designs & sometimes the overly common. A logo. A mistype. Bland & boring. All of the above.
Some countries love their neon lights, their bright colours :
On occasion some signs use more than one language for its words :
But then there are those who choose not to use words at all :
There are the plain :
And the simple :
In some countries the signs are scorched by the sun :
In some countries signs wait until the sun sleeps to appear :
And then their are the old signs & logos for well known brands :
And of course, some brands with new signs in new languages :
Shop signs can be made by shaping metal :
From shaping wood :
Sometimes shaped from stone :
But by far the best for me are the ones shaped with paint… :
…or humour :
Though I know it’s not the case, I’d like to think that the designer of the last shop sign misheard their customer over the phone.
So, next time you go for a walk through town, angle your head up a little and see if you can spot a shop sign design gem of your own that you’d never noticed before.