I don’t know why people are so fascinated by signs. But most people I know seem drawn to them. Especially if they are old or vintage. When I travel, I find myself drawn to them. Whether it’s a shop sign, a large sign, a small sign, or a road sign. I will take a photo of it. Some signs tell a story, a history of its location. Even if its just a one word sign, the color and shape can say a great deal about the shop or restaurant or even the area in general.
Maybe people are drawn to a certain sign because it’s got a place in their memory. Maybe they drove by that sign on the way to school every day. Or maybe it represents a happy memory of weekend trips to town.
The still hanging sign on the very closed Tallassee Store in Tennessee.
I love this Puckett’s sign. A guitar at the top and a fork at the bottom. Food and music, the best combination.
Drugstore sign in Williamsburg, KY.
The sign for the Noshville Delicatessen in Midtown Nashville, TN.
There has been a funeral home at this location in Loudon since 1916. It is currently owned and run by the McGill family
Glyndon Hotel Sign is a cool old sign on a hotel with a rich history in Richmond, KY
The JFG Building in Old City section of Knoxville, TN. I’ve aged and toned it to give it a true vintage feel.
An old cafe sign I found in an alley in Nicholasville, KY.
Bijou Sign vintage style Grungy has a Topaz filter, texture, and some toning work
A simple sign in downtown Murfreesboro, TN. But eye catching with the dark blue against the light metal. A very vintage feel.
The sign is still visible from the C.W. Harvey Grocery store in downtown Lenoir City. The ghosts of yesteryear.
City Glass & Mirror is located in downtown Clinton, TN. Faded and chipped but still readable the sign drew my eye.
Hoskins restaurant sign
Keeton’s Jewelers sign. I have a thing for clocks on signs. This is a favorite of mine.
Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House
Oliver Hotel Sign
Jellico Motel and Restaurant sign. Memories of Americana and road travel in its hay day.
What does that mean? Resilient means “able to withstand or quickly recover from a difficult situations”. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “If you fall, get back on the horse.” I’m not sure that’s always the best idea. Sometimes, it’s better to find another horse or better yet, stay off the horse altogether. When I say resilient, I mean get up, dust yourself off, and find a better way to do it.
I have recently lost my job of 6 years. I loved my work. I loved the people I worked with. But I knew that I would not have stayed, even if my job had not been eliminated. They were making a lot of changes. And I while I often enjoy change and a challenge, I knew that these changes were not for me. Sure, I am sad and scared of what the future holds. But I also know that I have gotten up and dusted myself off before. At that time, I got back on the horse. This time, I’m going to find a better way to get there.
Several years ago, I traveled to Cuba on an education tour. I recently started looking at some of my photos. Some of these you have seen before. But some are new. I enjoyed the country. I keep reminding myself of the wonderful, optimistic, resilient people. If these people who face such hardship and difficulty can be so compassionate and optimistic, why can’t I?
People walk down the street in Havana, Cuba
Cuba is known for the vintage cars.
People are getting their day started in Havana
Yellow and green dominate the buildings on this side street in Havana
Cuban Market with fresh produce
Downtown Havana Evening Sales
Havana Bay is home to many historic sites, this guy might be one of them
Plaza de San Francisco in Havana, Cuba, is home to the Basilica and Monastery of San Francisco de Asis
Basilica and Monastery of San Francisco de Asis in Havana, Cuba
Those classic cars you see? Many of those are pieced together by handmade parts. Parts the drivers made themselves because they had little access to outside supplies.
Dublin, Ireland is one of my favorite cities. It was everything I thought it would be and more! The people were kind and gracious, always willing to help and show us a great time. I took many photos in Ireland. But these are a few of my favorites from the land of Éire.
Dublin and the River Liffey
The River Liffey runs through the city. There are 21 bridges crossing the River. Each one is unique and has its own history. I took photos of almost all of them. However, these are a few of my favorites.
Samuel Beckett Bridge
Seán Heuston Bridge
Storm clouds roll in over the city, just as the sun is setting.
A detail from the Grattan Bridge.
We went to a few bars. We drank some Guinness (okay, a lot of Guinness).
The Quay’s Bar
A lit Guinness sign at dusk.
Ruins everywhere. Some are castles, some are just old buildings. But they all look cool.
An Irish castle ruin rises up into a cloudy sky.
The Castle Gate was once surrounded by a stone fence
There’s more! These are some more of my favorites.
The library at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
A single swan in a Dublin waterway.
Bar & Beer Sign
Graffiti in Dublin, Ireland
To see more photos from Ireland, visit my website.
Some images of the courthouse in downtown Danville, KY. I grew up in this small town in central Kentucky. It’s easy to overlook places in your home town. I don’t remember the courthouse looking quite so impressive when I live there.
Early Morning Sun
Early Sunday morning is a great time to visit small town America. The streets are virtually empty. If you time it just right, you’ll get to hear the church bells ring. But since it was in the early morning, the sun was not in an ideal place. I decided to play it up a bit as the golden light shines through the windows.
Colorful flowers in front of the courthouse in downtown Danville, KY. The early morning light gives the building a golden glow.
Three larger upper windows and three arched doorways. A beautiful courthouse with great details.
The weekly photo challenge is Place in the World. Where do you belong? I belong everywhere. When I feel like I’m in a creative rut or need some inspiration, I don’t go to a safe place. I try to go somewhere that I’ve never been. I try to learn something new. Whether it’s a large city or a small town, it’s where I belong in that moment. The travel and newness wake me up!
A subtle tone shift in the background really makes her stand out.
A new gallery with some of my images in living spaces. Ever wonder what it would look like on the wall? I used an extension for Photoshop created by Giovanni Allievi. Visit his page and check out his work and if you can purchase the extension there as well.
A gallery of travel maps in place
They look great in these spaces. The soft, muted tones look great on dark walls or light. Did you know that you can purchase my prints already framed? It makes decorating so much easier.
A photo of the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest is composited with an antique map of Budapest
A composite map of Budapest with an antique map and a recent photo of the Budapest Parliament Building
A photo of the iconic London Red phone booth is composited with an antique map of London and a modern map of the Underground.
Great for a long skinny space. Like over a door or window or even a fireplace!
An antique map of Bohemia, an antique drawing of the city, and a modern photo of the old city skyline make up this cool travel map.
Some more of my favorites
Food art for the kitchen. Or travel photography from central Europe. Check out my Americana gallery for images of American cities and towns.
Buskin on the Danube
Buick 8 front end
Polish Market Meat
White dogwood blossoms in the spring are a favorite in East Tennessee
I haven’t written a blog in awhile. I don’t know why. I guess I haven’t had much to say. I don’t have much to say today either. Enjoy this gallery of new photos. I’ve been running around Kentucky and Knoxville taking photos. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Feel free to also share your own gallery.
Downtown Knoxville, TN
The Howard Baker Courthouse in downtown Knoxville, Tn in black and white