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This scene intrigued me as I really wanted to know what was originally in the speech bubble before it was amended. I suspect it was probably something slightly more lewd, and probably wasn't all that amusing, but it caught my imagination at the time. And, as with my previous shot, this was taken on Blackpool's Central pier.

5.10pm on 22/7/05

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3x2 + piers [Central pier] + fylde coast
comment by chevkoch at 08:51 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

It's just amazing how photographs can convey stories. This reminds me of the movie Amelie by Jeunet, where there's this big mystery about the passport photo machine and the one guy that keeps showing up in the thrown away pictures.

Thanks for another inspiring photograph, again I felt as if transported to that scene, almost being able to smell the air there and wanting to reach out to unscrew the sign to see what was there before...

comment by Viking054 at 09:23 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

I'm more curious about what's behind that door...

comment by SteveO at 09:42 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Amazing colours Dave, am curious not only to what the sign used to say, but also to what caused the dark patch in the top right corner, its just a little distracting to me.

comment by Alec Long at 10:04 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

It probably said "Wow! I hope if I get a big ol' gut like Dad I can still have a hottie like Mom on my arm!"

comment by Dutch PhotoDay at 10:05 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Very vivid colors, great!

comment by /\/\J at 10:12 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

great colors and capture. i am also curious about that darkness in the upper right corner. somthing you overlooked?

comment by djn1 at 10:39 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

SteveO and /\/\J: I'm not sure what caused the shadow – it wasn't anything I did/added. Anyway, I've toned it down a bit in the version that's up now.

Viking054: yes, I'm wondering about that too.

Alec: lol :-)

comment by hiba at 11:16 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

love the brightness! funny shot

comment by kyle at 11:30 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2005

Looks to me like Mr. Green shorts is sportin' a big ol', uh.... well, you can probably see it too.
The shape of those shorts cannot be accidental. :-)

comment by RW at 05:20 AM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

When I first saw the photo I thought it was a poster. Another great shot full of colour!

comment by Daniel Pape at 06:07 AM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

Definately not painted by a woman. And what is that crazy ice cream all about? I love the yellow door. Its perfect. I wish I could get my eyes off the mural and just focus on the door. Incredible color. Great shot.

comment by Stuart at 08:52 AM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

This is genius !! Absolute genius !! (the padlock makes it I think! ) :D

comment by emily at 12:27 PM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

i love the way the boy seems to be pointing towards the door - i think it really holds the 2 parts of the shot together. Great colour!!

comment by Paul at 02:44 PM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

Somebody's paying too much attention to the green shorts. :)

I'm curious what was in the original speech bubble, too.

comment by Mystery Me at 04:46 PM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

I walked past this sign two weeks ago when I visited Blackpool. Interestingly, I noticed how popular ice-cream vendors were with the beer-bellied male population. The speech bubble originally said, "Mum, Dad we're in luck! I sense this is the entrance to Shop of Eyeballs."

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comment by tread at 05:20 PM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

ahhh. lowbrow art at it's finest, what a great capture.

comment by O b e l i x at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 31 July, 2005

lol, this is awesome

comment by Brian at 01:03 AM (GMT) on 1 August, 2005

Lovely shot.. great to make one stop and think for a bit, with several things in mind - what's behind the door? What's behind that altered sign? What's the deal with the painting in the first place - that guy and girl aren't the "typical" couple you might see together.

comment by Mike at 05:13 AM (GMT) on 1 August, 2005

David- I like the next shot better; not because of the artwork, but more becuase of the composition in the next one. Can't put my finger on why...

comment by susana at 08:55 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2005

muy buenas las fotos.