viva Blackpool #1 / 13 June, 2006 [click for previous image: any old hotel]
viva Blackpool #1 / 13 June, 2006 [click for next image: viva Blackpool #2]
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My second most commented entry, with 171 comments, is SG-Blackpool, and when I posted it I was really pleased with it. Since then though, the goal posts have moved a little, and from where I'm stood now I can appreciate that it's striking, technically good, and quite surreal. But, and this is becoming an increasingly big 'but' for me, it doesn't seem to say much. And that goes for a lot of the early stuff I posted: eye-catching, but mute.

And I guess this ties back into what I was saying yesterday regarding posting a series of shots that tell a story rather than just an image a day that may or may not communicate something to you.

Anyway, today's shot is one of three, shot in the empty hotel I mentioned yesterday. All three are broadly similiar – a pole dancer, the same style of border, a dirty floor beneath the banner – and all three, to my mind at least, offer much the same opportunities to think about the stories they might tell. And that's where I want to leave it for today: as an invitation to tell stories ... provoked by this image. I have my own ideas, which I'll share over the next day or so, but for now I'd much rather hear what you think.

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Canon 20D
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