Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – October 12, 2016


As I was going out the door, Marilyn suggested I take my camera. I was about to say “no,” when I realized there was no reason to not take it. I was just going to pick up a prescription. I wasn’t in a hurry. And, of course, it’s October and the leaves are turning.

A hundred and sixty frames later, I guess she was right. There are signs everywhere you look. If you don’t see the signs, look again.



Cee which way photo challenge

Author: Garry Armstrong

As a reporter for Channel 7 in Boston for 31 years, I was witness to most of the major events affecting the region. I met a lot of people ... politicians, actors, moguls, criminals and many regular folks caught up in extraordinary situations. Sometimes, I write about the people I've met and places I've been. Sometimes, I write about life, my family, my dogs and me. Or what might otherwise be called Life.

20 thoughts on “SIGNS – GARRY ARMSTRONG”

  1. I’m in love with that first black and white street scene with the yellow school bus and maroon tattoo sign. It brought a wave of nostalgia.. Don’t know why. Just the mood of it. Remember when our school pictures were always taken in black and white and hand-tinted? Think it reminded me of that. Even aside from that it is a really interesting and well-shot photo.

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    1. And that’s exactly what Garry was going for. All of his pictures are in some way trying to recreate a mood, often something from one of his favorite movies (he’s an ardent movie maven). I take pretty pictures, but Garry has a much more journalistic approach. His pictures tell stories.

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    2. New shoes, slacks and freshly starched shirt with tie are part of my timeless back to school memories. I can still smell the starch in the shirt. It meant the beginning of new adventures and new school mates.
      I rode a school bus for a brief time in Junior High School. Not a highlight for me. I walked to school 99.5 % of the time. Yes, it was in the olden times.


  2. For me living in a Swiss outpost, I found the photos really interesting, as witnesses to every day life in a small town in the States. I particularly liked the sign about loving the police offices. I wonder what the reaction would be if I put up such a sign in front of our local police station. Probably get a fine for not obtaining permission. I don’t think our officers are lovable enough.


    1. I don’t know if we are typical or not. I think we’re pretty normal for New England. I’m not sure about other parts of the country. It’s a big country and “normal” varies by region.

      We only have 1-1/2 police officers, one full time, one part time. I used to know both of them, but I think they’ve been replaced. We don’t have a lot of major crimes here. We had one really big one about 20 years ago, but that was pretty much it for anything that would bring a TV crew out this way.

      Depending on where you live, a lot of places DO require a permit for a sign. However, since we have so few police, this stuff doesn’t get enforced.


    1. Thanks, Cee. I intended to just take a few pics. But then my eyes led me astray. I couldn’t help myself. Danno, book my eyes and my camera.


  3. You seem to have a lot more colour than we do at the moment, Garry. Lovely photos and they do give the feel of a small town calm. There’s just too much chaos out there.


        1. A lot of the kids leave for college and don’t come back. Some return later, when they have families. It’s a pretty nice place to raise a family. Not perfect, but no place is perfect. It’s not a rich community. There are a few better off people, but most people work. We don’t have the best schools, but they’re okay. We don’t have the best anything, but we have pretty good everything. Which, these days, is quite an achievement.

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  4. I love taking pictures of signs as well… especially if they are quirky. Like a political yard sign I once spotted for the county coroner (Who knew such races could be hotly contested?) and the sign for park restrooms that were only open between Memorial Day and Labor Day (That’s an awful long time to hold it in if it’s October….)


    1. I didn’t know you could run for coroner. My son has a t-shirt that says: “Country Coroner. I’m here for your body.” It could be a campaign slogan.

      In some towns, you can run for dog catcher, only now it’s called “Animal Control Officer.” Soon, you’ll have to campaign for Recycling Officer and Senior Deliverer of Junk Mail (aka Old Mailperson) 🙂


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