Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind.Bob Marley, Wake Up and Live
Our world is full of signs, both those we erect ourselves to convey a message, and the more subtle ones we can read in landscapes and nature. The latter include the signs that speak of changing seasons, like autumn leaves or buds on trees. There are signs in the rocks telling of seismic changes in the earth’s crust, or more subtly speaking of people that came before us.
On the other hand, our manmade signs tend to be more blunt. They shout out a warning, issue an instruction, lay down the law or cry out ‘buy this’. While I considered including both types of sign in this collection for John’s Lens Artists challenge this week, I soon realised I had more than enough manmade signs to fill several posts!
I picked out a selection, many of which made me smile when I saw them. I have to admire, and appreciate, the efforts made in many countries to provide information or instructions in English when it isn’t their mother tongue. But I do hope they won’t mind my amusement when the results aren’t quite what they intended, just as I hope I’d be happy to accept theirs at my own linguistic shortcomings!
Signs may be warning or welcoming, explain the rules or offer advice. Many speak of the culture of a country or its history. Propaganda in North Korea, revolutionary fervour in Cuba, religious observance in Nepal. But my feature photo is included simply because it is pretty; it was taken in Hoi An, Vietnam.