Following the Signs

Hither and Yon by Jann Alexander ©2014

Hither and Yon, Port Aransas, Texas by Jann Alexander ©2014 | Sign by Kandice Turicchi


Dorothy: Now which way do we go?
Scarecrow: Pardon me, this way is a very nice way.
Dorothy: Who said that?
Scarecrow: [points other way] It’s pleasant down that way, too.
Dorothy: That’s funny. Wasn’t he pointing the other way?
Scarecrow: [points both ways] Of course, some people do go both ways.

(FROM IMDB)

You can only go in so many directions at once. At Pairings, there are many signs that can lead you many ways, since the topics covered here include what goes with art (everything, in my humble opinion). And some of these are sign posts that explore the themes of art + meanings within our everyday surroundings.

Are you, like me, a believer in signs? Have you ever missed a sign? If so, here are some signs to follow, from the Pairings archives:

Are you more inclined to go hither, thither or yon?

When I’m not in Austin, Texas, I’m frequently shooting other meaningful things, from the today and yesterday, but not tomorrow (yet). You’ll find more in my Time Travels, HERE. And if you, like me, are a fan of oddball eccentricities, you’ll get a kick out of Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge entries, HERE.


Endangered Species of Austin, poster by Jann Alexander © 2009

Endangered Species of Austin poster

About my Vanishing Austin series: While many Austin landmarks are lost, many are survivors still. Admire them all in a slideshow, HERE. Prints start at $35.

You can marvel at what’s lost and what’s survived in my Endangered Species of Austin poster, featuring 16 Austin icons, and sized at a handsomely large 24 x 36,” available for $25, HERE.


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    • It is an amazing sign, Norma, isn’t it? Thanks for recognizing that! There are professionals who read signs for us. Perhaps we should rely upon them more. However . . . there’s a reason it’s called “following your gut.” Usually works for me.

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    • Yes, I always think artists deserve recognition. I photograph lots of signs, and unfortunately, sign painters rarely sign their work. I was lucky enough to track down some of Austin’s amazing neon artists, whose signs I’ve photographed for my Vanishing Austin photo series, and I hosted their work at my art gallery for its opening exhibit, The Neon Show, which featured the signs and paintings of many of them. If you’re aware of the creator of this clever sign, which I photographed while walking along a Port Aransas street, I’d love to know! Thanks for visiting and raising awareness for all artists, Jimmy.

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