The important thing about having a hobby is that it keeps you off the streets. Except when it is photography it doesn’t as you tramp round looking for subjects.
During my foot-slogging I came to admire the many old street signs that I came across which have a lot more character than the more modern variety, so I hatched a plan to photograph them over the summer and create a montage from them.
This wasn’t an original idea, but one that I plagiarised from the People’s History Museum that had a display of old Salford street signs which I photographed last year.
You can see the result above. There is no particular significance to the streets I chose, except the School Brow sign which is quite close to where I live.
And although I intended to only photograph old street signs, a few of recent vintage crept in, like the no waiting sign and Mersey Square. I also included Gas Street as an example of the once utilitarian nature of street naming.
I haven’t decided whether this will be the final version or whether I should go in search of more signs. Which when I think about it isn’t the most exciting way of spending my time.