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Gallery Sixty One: Signs as symbols



Signs are ubiquitous travel companions. They direct us to our flights, food, fuel, lodging, and destinations. They can urge us to buy, or demand we keep away. They can offer bewildering choices, and even tell us how to vote. Signage can provoke ideas that lead, through symbolism, to expressive travel imagery. In this gallery, I try put signage into context that can not only enhances meaning, but can sometimes convey incongruities that can turn that meaning upside down.

I made these twenty impressions of signage as symbols on my recent trip along the Avenue of Volcanoes in the Cascade Mountains of Northern California and Central Oregon. I hope to gradually add images of more story-telling signs to this gallery on my future travels.

I present this gallery, as usual, in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.