In Blackpool there are several thousand guest houses and hotels, most of which appear to be operating on fairly small budgets, and everywhere you go there are signs such as this: "free parking", "tea and coffee in every room", "some rooms en-suite", and so on. Most of the time I don't notice them anymore – their pervasiveness renders them almost invisible – but as soon as I saw this one I wanted to photograph it, mostly because it captures the feel of many of these signs: brash, primary colours, peeling paint, generic text, and so on ...

Anyway, I suspect that this isn't an ideal blog shot, and would be more suited to an extended project on this theme, but I thought I'd put it up anyway. Which I guess is an interesting topic of conversation in its own right: are there necessarily certain photographs, or types of photographs, that simply aren't suited to this medium? That said, if you don't like this one, I suspect you probably won't be reading this anyway – which I guess is an answer in its own right ;-)

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4.09pm on 17/2/06
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