I took this photo in Brooklyn New York at 11 STREET BAR 510. I went to see the opening of Ken Hiratsuka’s exhibition May 14, 2010 and meet up with Klaus Lucka the photographer. This image was outside on the sidewalk. Thought it was the strangest comment! Was the same amazing weekend I met Angela Ferrara, Mark Bloch and William Evertson from A Book About Death!
Images: God Buns: Tell me a funny story No Touching!
God Buns and "Tell me a funny story" were both things I saw during my visits to New York city. This strange and lovely metropolis always has so many mysterious and delightful sights. These were my top two.
No Touching! was taken on a pier in Seattle. I was hoping to have my first seal sighting but this was as close to not touching one as I got...
I saw this sign in on a large locker in the security area of a fairly large corporation that specializes in accounting and IT consulting.
I initially thought it was a goof or a practical joke, but on closer (not too much closer) inspection realized that this was completely serious.
Why the prevalence of 'soiled pants' at this company? How are the pants usually soiled? What exactly is done with the pants once they are deposited in this locker? All these questions remain unanswered.
I was walking around Greensboro, North Carolina, USA where I was staying at ³Elsewhere² (www.elsewhereelsewhere.org) for an artist in residence program in May 2010, when I saw this very strategic sign in the ground where a dog would like to place some doggy do. The surrounding earth was very clean, so I expect the owners did obey the sign. At home (Australia) I have 3 ex-racing Greyhounds as pets, and I¹m sure they could read the sign if we had one, and remind me to get out the pooper-scooper and bags!
Both are snapshots taken while visiting New York City (Sardines) and Reyjavik (God) respectively. To me, they are both incredibly funny and deeply sad, seemingly opposite emotions which aren't always that far apart.
These images are from a series of photographs shot while walking in urban areas. As a photographer, I am attracted to the juxtapositions between advertising, graffiti, litter, textures, and the way erosion blends unrelated images together to form naturally occurring compositions
All images: Rene' West, copyright 2010, all rights reserved
This photograph was taken sometime around 2004, or maybe 2005, but that is beside the point. From my perspective, I had no other choice but to use this particular angle to my advantage (I was looking for anything to supply my photographic "hunger"), and this is what came of it as this woman ordered her food at this old drive-thru restaurant (which has existed since 1950, so said the sign).
Hazards of Modern Living Created by appropriating actual warning signs, "Hazards of Modern Living" comments on the culture of fear in the post-9/11 era. At times absurd or chilling, the signs caution us to avoid dangers such as lightning, falling planes, and drowning—as well as apparently innocuous objects like forks, clocks and sad books.
In my family home of Kaohsiung, an industrial city, people and agencies looking for work often write their names and phone numbers on walls in public places, where you would expect to see graffitti. Reflecting on the situation, and my own choice to follow the difficult path of artist, I wrote my name and phone number, and the message, " Do you need a good artist?" No one called. An industrial city does not need an artist ...
Old Fart Parking I discovered this sign in a cottage parking lot in Prince Edward Island. A retired couple owned the cottage.........
The Power Within Natural History Museum - London, UK
Discovered this sign in a surreal escalator ride at the Natural History Museum in London, UK.
We're Sorry to Announce the Death of Mr Credit - by Management
I discovered this great little sign in a petitel store in a very small village in Saint Lucia! It was a generational family run mini store which was a step back in time to the 1800's and probably the same family ran it all those years. All the products where kept behind the counter so you had to ask for the items you required! Obviously one day this lovely family decided they had had enough of Mr. Credit......every small corner store owner can appreciate that!
"NATURE IN A BOTTLE" Photographed at "Aquarium of the Bay" in San Francisco (USA), August 2009. Jellyfish float trapped in a cylindrical tank. The Nature is put under glass but, given the ongoing ecological disasters (see BP's Deepwater Horizon Disaster), not to be protected by man.
"OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR" Photographed in California (USA), August 2009. The inner monsters, looking at themselves in the mirror, are closer than they appear.
"THE SHADOW OF HUMAN NATURE" Photographed in Hyde Park (London), December 2008. The Shadow of Human Nature Vs. Nature's looming shadow. It's already getting its revenge