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As I've got older I've noticed that time seems to have speeded up, which is a common enough experience I guess, but what I've also noticed recently is that I'm more acutely aware of things and events that mark its passing. A recent example was the death of Tony Hart. If you're not familiar with him, he had a long career in TV, but I remember him best from my childhood as the presenter of the hugely popular children's arts programme, Vision On: first broadcast in 1964.

When I was young, hearing that an old person had died was no big deal - they were old, and in the end, that's what happens to them. As you get older though, remembered people from your earlier years just seem like they should be there forever. Admittedly, I can't remember any actual episodes of Vision On, even though it ran until 1977 (at which point I was 14), but I do remember Tony Hart as a larger-than-life character, full of enthusiasm for his own art, the pictures that his viewers sent in to be displayed in "The Gallery", and life in general. In short, my reaction to his death was not, "yes, he was old" but rather "Tony Hart is dead? Surely not - he can't have been that old!". As it happens, he was 84 when he died, so from a purely practical point of view I guess he was.

Anyway, to explain why I'm mentioning all this ...

This is a shot of the emergency telephone outside the look-out station at Rossall Point, Fleetwood. When I last photographed it, back in September of 2007, the board behind the phone was green, and now its red. Admittedly, this has little or no intrinsic significance, but even only a few years ago I doubt that I would have noticed. Now though, when I walked past a few weekends ago with Craig, I was immediately struck by the change: which for me was sufficient reason to stop and take the shot - a small reminder that time and change go hand in hand.

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comment by E y e V i s i o n at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 28 January, 2009

Simple but nice shot. And to be honest the harmony of colors are better with the red board than with the green one.

comment by LightningPaul at 09:40 PM (GMT) on 28 January, 2009

A beautiful image. So clean and minimal. Also the sentimental value will only increase of such type of images.
One small improvement: I would have cropped away a thin border of the bottom part.

comment by Frida at 10:08 PM (GMT) on 28 January, 2009

So simple and yet so effective Love the clor splash against the wall :-)

comment by Frida at 10:09 PM (GMT) on 28 January, 2009

Lost a word there it should be COLOR not clor :-)

comment by Jason Wall at 10:27 PM (GMT) on 28 January, 2009

*snicker* i love the little bug on the lower right. very nice. um, lower right of the comments screen.

Its been a long time since you've posted something so simple, and I like it. There isn't a huge amount to be said, but I don't think that should detract from the image. Its well balanced, and i love the color palete (white/red/yellow/black).

comment by Craig at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 28 January, 2009

I too notice time seemingly passing by more quickly and I have fond memories of Tony Hart, listening to that music hoping my picture might be in the gallery this week (it never was).

This is simple but effective. I like the textured layer, like Artex, you've applied here-what do you mean it was like that? C'mon you can't fool us ;O)

comment by Carlos Garcia at 01:06 AM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

That's it! I'm calling an exterminator!

I remember when my phone had a rotary dial (they were more machine than electronic) that made a very cool swishing sound when I dialed a number and even the bells inside sounded cool.

I love the picture of this poor phone. Someone does seem to care for it, as the paint job indicates. Number please...

comment by Tero at 05:44 AM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

Very graphical.

comment by Abhijit at 06:17 AM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

Lovely texture! Color contrast is eye catching!

comment by Catalin at 06:50 AM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

Very cool shot... That's why I like photoblogs because when you capture the same location over a few years you start noticing the tiny little details that you probably would never notice otherwise.

comment by Simone at 06:54 AM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

Really simple composition...great shot as always!

comment by csj @ id7 at 08:52 AM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

Its a fact (or at least someone told me) that as we get older our "frequency" is reduced, thats our metabolic frequency I believe and that as such we see less "frames per second" and in turn life speed up because we only reference these fewer frames. Opposite to that, when we were younger we ran at a higher frequency, saw more more frames per second, and thats why time seemed "longer", for example summer holidays went on and on and on and on ...... oh happy days..... jeez what time is it, I've spent the whole day typing here...... csj
P.S Of course everything above may not be true, a bloke told me down the pub..... ;-)
Good shot.....

comment by Tilly at 11:00 AM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

It's nice but you've cropped it wrong.

comment by Ilan at 11:46 AM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

In Israeli army, there is a phone called "the red phone".
The red phone is not suppose to ring. Ever. Or at least, you hope it won't ring. Ever.
So you the other phone. Next to it. It's (army)green but in my case it was yellow.
Why the long prologue? You confused me with this photo and brought back my army service days :)
Just wanted to let you know how simple photo can sometimes effect the viewer :)

comment by mooch at 11:58 AM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

Well, I was going to exclaim how obtuse your images have become and had I not read your prologue to this image my comment would have been more vociferous.

I do find it such a shame that the beautiful images I associated you with this time last year seem to have fallen to the wayside. That said we must all tread our own path and for that I can but observe and see where this takes you.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 02:21 PM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

This is a wonderful photograph and a wonderful story--for don't all photographs have, or should have, a story.

And I agree, ditto, with Carlos Garcia's comments...and to add: that in my youth even phone numbers were 'old", our prefix was Kimberly (not 54_)

Two thumbs up!

comment by jelb at 03:37 PM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

Well done minimal shot..Wonderful colors and details..Former symbolism.. the life would like only a thread...Bravo!

comment by [ boby ] at 05:53 PM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

A wonderful capture. Feel like I wanna make a call...

comment by Garry at 07:15 PM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

Clean and simple.
p.s. Tony Hart was a legend... RIP.

comment by Abel at 11:33 PM (GMT) on 29 January, 2009

Have they painted the phone too?? Simple, colorful, random... I like it, even though it does not look like the typical chromasia shot.

comment by beeveedee at 04:38 AM (GMT) on 30 January, 2009

Oh! I love this! A nice departure from the HDR which is not my favorite of what you do. I like the composition and the coloring of this one much better than your previous shot of it.

comment by djn1 at 02:33 PM (GMT) on 30 January, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by one way photo / Mark at 03:37 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2009

Nice and simple composition; love the white/red/yellow/black combination. You do certainly notice changes like that when you have a photographer's eye ;-)

comment by Ed at 10:34 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2009

a wasted two minutes of my life reading the bland comments the photo is also not straight

comment by will pattison at 08:38 AM (GMT) on 6 February, 2009

nice. a couple of real haters in here, but i guess that's the way it goes, eh? love it when somebody says you've cropped it "wrong" as if they know the only "right" way. i would argue you've actually used the rule of thirds to a t, and placed this forlorn artifact exactly on a power point (a term i hate, by the way, even though it's effective.)

glad to see you're doing lots of different things and not just "phoning it in!" great, as usual.


comment by flo g at 08:14 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2009

beautiful and minimalist catch eye photograph.. we can imagine..

comment by Denis at 05:18 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2009

Simple, efficient, minimalistic. Great !

comment by PhilB at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2009

Seem to have missed this one for some reason.

Great minimalistic shot and good eye for detail.

Also agree about Tony Hart. What with him and Oliver Postgate, these pieces of our childhoods are gradually being chipped away...sad times.

comment by crash at 12:58 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2009

simple and vibrant!