Signed, Sealed, Delivered
From the High Line, a city scene. And there, marked by its bright red, six-story sign, stands the New Yorker Hotel. An icon of the NYC skyline, the sign adds that distinctive element which establishes our sense of place – mid-town Manhattan.
In this month’s edition of Exploring with a Camera, the subject is “Signs”. Signs provide information, advertise, identify, direct, educate and warn. Signs add a graphic quality to our images and create a focal point because text immediately draws the viewer’s eye.
As I searched my archive, I was surprised to find the number of times that signs were part of the photographic story, adding a sense of place and providing location clues for the viewer.
This image was taken inside the New York Public Library. If you look closely, you will see the street sign, identifying our location as Fifth Avenue – an interesting surprise element within the silhouetted ornate framework.
Taken from high atop Rockefeller Center, this image captures a small slice of the NYC skyline. Since the Chrysler Building is my favorite, I was slightly perturbed that the MetLife building blocked a full view of its signature profile. But now, I am rather fond of this image – with the Chrysler surrounded by its neighbors.
Welcome to New Philadelphia, Ohio and its iconic greeting. Singular and distinctive, the sign is a landmark of this city’s downtown.
Here we celebrate the history of my hometown and its position along the original Lincoln Highway, now US Route 30, one of the earliest transcontinental auto trails in the US.
And finally, a sign that is no longer a sign. Interesting because it has morphed into its opposite – a blank slate. We are left to wonder – what was its original message? “No Parking”? “Beware of Dog”? What message are we missing that time has erased?
Thanks to Kat for this month’s exploration of signs. It was an interesting exercise to delve into this topic and study the impact signs can have on our work.
Linking with Exploring with a Camera: Signs, hosted by Kat Eye Studio