Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Heart Starter

Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


This shot was taken just over a fortnight ago, as I walked past Flinders Street Station. I noticed there were new posters affixed to the tram shelter between the station and Federation Square.

And I also realised that if I really walked quickly, I'd be able to get a clear shot of the poster through the traffic - with a tram in the background. I wasn't quite quick enough, because the tram was actually moving when I hit the trigger for this shot.

And in case you're wondering what the sticker says up the top of the glass of the tram shelter, it is: "No smoking in covered areas."

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24 comments:

Brian Miller said...

funny sign. wonder what they are trying to convey. are they searching for adoration...or seeking better treatment. we have no trams, unfortunately.

Cynthia said...

Blocking up the scenery...breaking my mind...Do this! Don't do that-can't you read the sign?

I wonder if the Five Man Electrical Band could ever imagine in 1971 that we still would know their song?

"So I got me a piece of paper...and wrote thank you Lord for thinking about me...I'm alive and doing fine."

Now we wouldn't use paper...maybe...we get into our blogs and send out a note to the world...Hey, I'm alive (in this corner of the world) and doing fine...
David, you walk the street of the city...but I see you on the move...in open spaces...must be the photos?

Thanks for sharing what you see and the way you see it. <3

Sylvia K said...

Signs seem to try and cover up, try to communicate, but I'm not sure they do that good of a job! Mostly they just clutter up the view. But these are interesting! Great shot, as always!

Jazz said...

I love your Melbourne trams too.

Willow said...

I like the sense of the movement of the tram behind the sign.

Eternally Distracted said...

David - On a completely different note please accept my sincere thanks for including me in your POTD. Apologies for taking space on your comment section but not sure where else to send it to! I am a newbie and I wholeheartedly appreciate you taking the time to send across some of your readers. It means a lot.

imac said...

Looks like a Tram stopper - Bell to push David.lol.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

I know though I love the OLD signs ( I have been collecting shots for a post soon)we have too much eye Pollution so we miss the nature around us

Fletch said...

"No smoking in covered areas."

Hmmm ... I read it as Dutch ... must be the nl (In) that appears to complet the sentence ...

gnikoms on
saera derevoc nl


Oh, well ...

Cheffie-Mom said...

Cool photo! We don't have trams here in East Texas - I think the closest place is Dallas.

Maggie May said...

Lovely clean signs!
There are signs everywhere these days, signs covering up signs.......

cheshire wife said...

I feel cheated. We don't have any trams to love here.

Eddie Bluelights said...

I used to love the trams but alas we have none now!

SandyCarlson said...

Quick thinking and nice work. That creates a neat optical illusion. I will do my best to love my trams.

ewok1993 said...

I like spotting signs and snapping them. Have a great week.

Luiz Ramos said...

Good trams story and shot.

Annie said...

Good shot David. I like trams too! I wish they had never got rid of them in Brisbane!

Leslie: said...

Ironic - come and read about my experience on a Vancouver bus. lol

Lori ann said...

I really like this, it is so eyecatching.

Elisabeth's bright side said...

I do love trams, very inventive photo. Genious pops up in a split second.

LadyFi said...

Great sign!

Mojo said...

I actually like the motion blur of the tram with the poster still and sharp. I think had the tram been sitting perfectly still it would have been a distraction -- too much going on to take it in. As it is, the focus (no pun intended... well maybe a little) is on the poster and the tram is the backdrop -- as it should be.

Besides, as Sandy pointed out it makes a neat optical illusion. The blur conceals whatever imperfections or dirt might have been on the glass, leaving the poster appearing to be suspended in midair.

James said...

It's strange but when I first looked at the sign I didn't see "love your trams" I saw "R you smart" same letters but different message. :-)

Amanda said...

Very cool shot it's a real "sign of the times"! (LOL)