Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thematic Photographic 50 - Signs


Missed nut
Williamsburg, KY, January 2009


I've always found it ironic that signs are literally everywhere you look, but they seem to pass through our lives almost invisibly. Maybe we're so saturated with commercialism that we've trained ourselves to experience them subconsciously. Either way, a few months back I started looking more closely at these briefly literary mirrors of society. And I was intrigued with the way even a seemingly plain sign like this can hold stories for anyone who stops long enough to give it some thought.

So for the next week, Thematic Photographic explores signs. They can be mundane, unique, commercial or handmade - if they somehow deliver messages to in a sorta public manner, they're in. Are you?

Your turn: Time to get snapping and sharing. Here's how this nuttiness works:
  • Every Wednesday evening, at precisely 7 o'clock Eastern, I post a new Thematic Photographic entry.
  • Each entry has a unique theme. This week's is...signs!
  • You post a similarly themed image over on your blog.
  • You paste a link to your entry in a comment here.
  • If you've already posted something that fits (on a blog, Facebook, MySpace, wherever) simply post the link to the existing entry. Old or new, all photos are welcome.
  • You may post as many photos or links as you wish. For the next week, I'll be supporting this theme with a related picture/posting each day. I encourage you to do the same. This is all about sharing, so feel free to share to your heart's content!
  • Please share this link with friends, too, and encourage them to join in. The more, the merrier.
  • And please accept my thanks for your enthusiasm. Your participation has made TP a true highlight for me each and every week.

41 comments:

NJ said...

After a short absence I am again participating in your challenge. Signs is such a great topic I couldn't resist. Here is my first entry.
href="http://onthepathofleastresistance.blogspot.com/2009/05/thematic-photographic-50-signs.html">Click here

cakesANDladders said...

this made me miss one coffee stop in Virginia..really good Wawa coffee. i'm early this week [if not the first]! yay!:)

spiCes said...

another traffic jam rant [and photos] here!:)

amanda guthrie said...

Damn I wish our gas was that low, it has gone up about 20 cents in the last week!
I wonder how close your dollar and ours are in value?
Carmi, in reading your post it makes me think.... signs may be more in control of us than we will admit! Then that bleeds into the concept of commercialism in its entirety and the fact that it may be shaping how we live our lives.
Such a simple theme but it makes a person think....

aguthrieimages said...

Shows how much I pay attention the shot was taken in Kentucky? LOL Ha!

bobbie said...

I do love signs!

My contribution is up now:

http://bobie-almostthere.blogspot.com

mamie said...

I've got quite a few for this theme. Here are my signs.

g said...

One of the first things I thought of when seeing your sign photo was the year I worked for a store and I had to do the sign letters. It was a pain, lifting up the pole with the suction cup on the end, and trying to keep the plastic letters stuck long enough to fit them in the slot. It was also a time to get creative with the copy, if you ran out of letters, lost them, or had them break - that's how P's become lower case d's, or I's become 1's. And of course sometimes they don't fit in the slot and fall off.

My sign photo is up - thank you for this theme, because I've been wanting to post these two beautiful signs for a long time.

www.doves2day.blogspot.com

Lin said...

Hi Carmi! I'm in this one. Here's todays offering: http://ups-and-downs-with-anastasia.blogspot.com/2009/05/thematic-photographic-signs.html

Love 2B Homeschoolers said...

Thought I'd play too.

So happens my Wordless Wednesday photo was a sign. Find that here: http://tinyurl.com/ortbm7

Found an old one too, that I took but never knew what to do with. That one's here: http://tinyurl.com/o9cech

BABYLONEZOO (France) said...

http://www.babylonezoo.fr/photo.php?no=304


voila

Nihal said...

Hi again,
Mine is up, too.
Inspired by a unique design. Can be found right here:

http://nihalcrossroads.blogspot.com/2009/05/global-signs.html

Thanks for this opportunity to join in.

Pamela said...

My touch of OCD (ha ha) makes me cringe when I see that little "d" at the end of all those upper case.

aaaaaaaaargh!


My Sign language is posted.

Catherine said...

Here's one from me
http://poetrychook.blogspot.com/2009/05/make-way-for-ducklings.html

Jama said...

Just posted mine, here it is:

http://mummyjam.blogspot.com/2009/05/thematic-photographic-50-signs.html

dennisthemennis.co.uk said...

I love signs but no one ever really reads them.

Here is Mine

sealaura said...

good morning! mine is up :

http://sealaura.blogspot.com/

what a fun idea. :)

Mojo said...

I'm guessing you didn't see t hat sign here in the States... at least not recently. That's Canadian dollas per liter, right?

I can't figure out if this means I'm ahead or behind, but I'm already up to v.2.0.

Thematic Photographic 50: "Signs" v.1.0Thematic Photographic 50: "Signs" v.2.0

Karen said...

I love this theme. Signs... they're everywhere and so easy to ignore. Here's my entry.

srp said...

I agree, I wonder sometimes who is putting up those signs and what are they thinking....

But, what I want to know more... oh, yes... back in January.... nevermind. Gas here today is $2.25 most places, but back in January it was that low.

My sign is here.

Awareness said...

here's mine.....I chose one of a kind signs.... great theme Carmi.

http://mayfairplace.blogspot.com/2009/05/one-of-kind-signs.html

Lin said...

I have another entry for today! http://ups-and-downs-with-anastasia.blogspot.com/2009/05/thematic-photographic-50-signs.html

kcinnova said...

I'm back to playing again:
http://kcinnova.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/thematic-photographic-signs/

Monica said...

Hi Martha of Menagerie sent me here. I'm gald I came by. I have a fun unusual sign that I shared on my blog today. It can be found here:
http://monica-frameofmind.blogspot.com/2009/05/approach-with-caution.html

I look forward in seeing what other kinds of signs people found.

Heather said...

I haven't participated in a while ... end of the school year and all that entails. OK, so I a lot of sign pictures that I narrowed down. Here are two of them:

my point of view - signsMore to follow :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Here is my sign contribution Carmi.

Thanks so much for stopping by Snapshots. I appreciate your comment, very much!


http://snapshotsfromthebackporch.blogspot.com/2009/05/thematic-photographic-50-signs.html

Linda said...
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Light and Voices said...

Here is my entry for topic SIGNS:
http://lightandvoices.blogspot.com/2009/05/thematic-photographic-50-signs.html.
I have no clue how you come up with a theme every week. Thanks so much.
Joyce

Linda said...

Hey Carmi - somehow my Peaches link ends up at your blog...here's the correct link to my Signs post:

http://fifenhorn.blogspot.com/2009/05/thematic-photographic-signs.html

Vicki ~ FL said...

Here are a couple of "signs" on http://vickisppsphotos.blogspot.com/

Martha said...

I love your neon sign! I played too this week ...
http://meandering-martha.blogspot.com/2009/05/another-combo_23.html

Martha said...

First time visitor and This is such a favorite subject of mine. Thank you so much!

http://comicallyflawed.blogspot.com/2009/05/friday-is-for-funny-signs.html

Martha said...

Thank you so much!!

http://comicallyflawed.blogspot.com/2008/09/show-and-tell-sundaysign-misspellings.html

Mama Zen said...

It made me miss $1.49 gas!

Heather said...

I can't resist ... I like signs ... here are 2 more :)

~Heather

Nikki-ann said...

I saw this - http://notesoflife.co.uk/?p=283 - and thought of you! :D

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

Such fun! It's great fun looking through here- thank you so much for hosting this Carmi.
Mine is here....oh and here as well.

Love 2B Homeschoolers said...

Posted one photo from my archives earlier, but then spent the weekend looking at signs I normally don't even see. Thanks for opening up my eyes, Carmi. I think I'm going to enjoy this meme.

Check out my viewpoint here:
http://tinyurl.com/love2bhomeschoolers

Sweetly said...

I love this theme for the challenge!

Please come look at my signs and tell me which one is your favorite!

My Signs

g said...

This is a link to an older post of mine about signs.

http://doves2day.blogspot.com/2009/01/dude-and-dudette.html#comments

It's about universal symbols - and how they change.

g said...

One last SIGN before the next theme

www.doves2day.blogspot.com