Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts USA
1. We saw this hand-made advertisement on an Orange Line (Boston) subway car.
I assume it's a self-portrait. Blake is certainly enterprising. Note that
someone else has given her a hand with spelling. Good luck, Blake!
2. Taken at Stony Brook Station, on the Orange Line subway in Jamaica Plain
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
North Stainmore, Cumbria. UK.
As part of my practice I have made, and also been commissioned to make, roadsigns. My signs are based on actual Ministry of Transport designs and conform to their specifications. Only difference is mine are fictitious and probably illegal (oops!).
Anyway, here's two of my own signs and one found sign.
1. At Low Sizergh Farm, Cumbria. 2006.
'Little Folk' is a local term for fairies, goblins and the like. they live on the farm.
2. This is on the Cumbria / North Yorkshire border in Northern England. The border is significant locally as no buses cross the border. the phone books, TV stations and road maintenance all stop here. From the Cumbria side we have no idea what happens on the other side of this arbitory line.
3. This was found in the grounds of the art gallery in Durham, England. The area used to be the biggest coal industry in the world until the government shut down the mines in the 1980's. Consequently much of the area still has remnants of the coal pits. I guess this is the origin of the phrase.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Nomadic (North America<->Europe<->East/South East Asia)
Pic # 1. Sign on the gate of a foot path in Qin Xiu Shan provincial park in Guangxi-Zhuang Autonomous Province leading to a Buddhist temple. Of course, in terms of being a "sign", this coloured engraving is devoid of meaning to many people, not only foreigners. A not insignificant number of elderly Chinese people, especially minority women in rural areas, cannot read, which is a kind of logical when you need at the very least 2100 signs to be functionally literate, something most rural kids in the 1940s/50s simply could not afford to spend years on learning.
Pic # 2. "The system is fictitious, it's created by humans; we lack imagination!" -- A desperate cry of a) a spiritual artist / b) facade destroying hooligan [pse. circle one] in the heart of Lisbon downtown
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Boston, Ma, USA
I saw these 2 signs out in front of the Federal Reserve Bank across the street from South Station, Boston.
Curious mixed message.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Ria Vanden Eynde
-Revolt or Die: I pass that message every day almost. When I notice it, I think, "well, I'm not dead yet?!" Ria The Rebel, she travels by bike.
-Free the Object: Come to think of it, these images go well together, I do seem to have a bit of a revolter mind ;)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I took this photo just for fun, a short while ago.
My immediate thoughts were "kind of fun", "sign made for sharks etc..."
Or "beware of the piranha".
But with the global disasters at the moment, the flood catastrophes, the laugher stops and the picture takes on a different, not funny, meaning. Not to mention the global warming, but this is another story.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Fort Worth, texas, USA
I shot this photograph on US 287 near a ghost town just outside of Quanah Texas....I followed this storm 140 miles to this intersection...and as i watched the skies unfold, this storm went from a classic thunderstorm to an arching bucking tornadically violent beast in about 5 minutes...there's no rhyme or reason other than I prepared myself to catch up with storm from amarillo headed back to fort worth and this spot was just about half way. I think that's what's significant...
This photograph of a Danger Sign in Pamlico Sound is always a study when staying there in Rodanthe North Carolina...to date not one of my fellow kitesurfers has ever hit the sign which is really what's dangerous. The sign is warning us about itself...
Wisdom and Danger are both the property of John Ladd. Copyright 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
New York City, NY, USA
1. the death of peace prayng to life - peace sign in skeleton
* Poem by Steve Dalachinsky
incomplete directions (for Bernhard Streit)
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
Estado de Michoacan, January 2010
Description: En route to the coast, we pulled toward the shoulder to allow a speeding convoy of twelve Federale vehicles to pass. Masked police generally signify that there is anti-narco activity going on. This shot of the last convoy vehicle was cautiously taken. The sign translates as "keep your distance."
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Easthampton, MA, USA
1. "Isn't it ironic?" Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN
2. "Forest of the Subconscious" Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
3. "Courage" Hall of Ideas, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Lawrence S Johnson
Donostia-San Sebastian, Gipuzkopa, Spain
1. Dada’s is in Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania, an ex-coal-mining town. I think that “Dada” does not mean “early avant-garde art movement” in Polish, but it gave me a dada moment anyway.
2. This is a sign on the door of a design studio in Chelsea, NYC. “This is not an art gallery.” It’s not a pipe, either.
St. Louis, MO, USA
All three signs were captured at Burningman festival in Black Rock Desert , Nevada. I've seen some of the most hilarious signs ever at this crazy anarchistic art party located 150 miles from the nearest mall.
I live in St. Louis, MO and try to attend BM every year.