I happened across this location quite by accident and it immediately evoked memories of my childhood in rural North Carolina. In the south, outside laundromats were not uncommon. Many people did not have an automatic washer at home; those that did often didn’t have a dryer. I guess the fact that they were left open to the elements was a reflection of the local climate. Winters were fairly mild and summers could be uncomfortably hot, thus the need for good ventilation in the absence of air conditioning. While my family was lucky enough to have both a washer and dryer at home, the sight of an outside laundromat still reminds me of home.
Photographing local artwork is a great way to capture the essence of a city or specific area. This image shows a close-up section of a mural along 7th Avenue in historic Ybor City, Florida. I love the vibrant colors and how the iconography in the painting depicts many cultural aspects of the area.
When you’re looking for interesting subject matter for your travel images, don’t overlook artwork that conveys something about the location.
I took this picture in a tube station in London. “Mind the Gap” is a common warning posted throughout the underground system and blasted from audio speakers continuously. Although I understand the purpose of the warning, I could never figure out why every-other sign is mounted upside-down. One local suggested that it was so the sign could be read if you fall onto the tracks. Hopefully, he was just joking.