Messages in the Street

Walk along any street, anywhere, and it won’t be long before you come across a message. Maybe light-hearted, like this one spotted in Liverpool …

… maybe political. You can’t go far in Catalonia, Spain without coming across messages and slogans demanding independence. These shots were all taken in Berga, where the mood of virtually the entire population there was not in doubt.

The next shots were all taken when thousands of us took to the streets, again and again, in 2018 and 2019 voicing our misgivings about the prospect of Brexit. It gives us no satisfaction whatever to see that our fears were entirely justified.

In India, I saw messages that were more like public service announcements ..

And in Edinburgh, in the National Museum of Scotland, this …

Inuksuk, by Peter Irniq, 1998, uses a traditional technique used by the Inuit to convey messages about good fishing grounds etc.

Let’s end though, as we began, with a message, this time in Thessaloniki, simply intended to bring good cheer …

For Donna’s Lens-Artists Challenge #234: Messages

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

48 thoughts on “Messages in the Street”

  1. What a super smashing post Margaret. I still reckon Boris should be made to work at hard labour to pay off some of the money he promised would be forthcoming for the NHS!


  2. Superb post Margaret – I loved the multi-country approach! It makes me happy to know the U.S. is not alone in our frequent discontent! I laughed and was sad at the same time for you closing image.

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  3. Humour in bars and street signs always makes me smile, Margaret, and makes me think we at least have freedom of expression. Good for those protesters. Much of street art is based on tragedy. 😕💗


  4. A brilliant collection of signs, Margaret. You reminded me of the power of messages on signs. Simple words can invite humour, controversy, anger, hope and joy. Perhaps the power of signs lies in their ability to convey a message in a concise, direct way. By using just a few words, signs can convey a powerful message that resonates with us on an emotional level.

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  5. Clear and strong messages. These remind me of “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from the play Les Miserables. And like a good play, your post is injected with good humor.

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  6. Very interesting how street signs can say a lot about society and general mood of the population. I try not to think too much about Brexit, but every time I sweep through passport control in Europe, leaving my UK colleagues to take the long queue, I always think “I didn’t vote for Brexit” (I know, not a very generous thought…).

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  7. We can never have enough humour via street or cafe signs. Being caught up in a protest while travelling adds another dimension. Interesting images of social history.

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  8. Ah what a splendid antidote your anti Brexit photo messages are to all yesterday’s hype and lies from some Johnson and his ilk. It’s just such a pity, well, a nightmare let’s be honest, that so many people fell for so many lies. On a brighter note we’ve lots of blue sky and sunlight here this morning, it’s a bit like all the blues and yellows of your Euro pics. Hopes it’s sunny in your part of the world too.

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