What to focus on

This week’s challenge from the Daily Post is Focus (or out of focus).

My camera phone does not always focus on the right thing – right meaning the thing I had intended to capture. An example is this photo of an old station drinking fountain in the West Cumberland Railway Museum.

Drinking fountain with cup
Drinking fountain with cup

To me the important parts were the writing on the fountain, “KEEP THE PLATFORM DRY”, and the drinking cup. In fact the lettering on the adjacent sign is crisper.

How often do we focus on the wrong things in life, I wonder?


Order restored

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is Order with the emphasis on neatness.

I noticed a building, which was once in a very poor state of repair. The slate roof is completely regular now, as are the windows. It could be an example of bringing order from chaos!

A renovated building
A renovated building

Advertising board“Order! Order!” may soon be heard again in the UK Parliament once it resumes after the General Election.  That is a request for good behaviour or (orderliness) among the newly elected members..

Literary Heritage

This week the photo challenge from the Daily Post is Heritage.

There has been an increase in the popularity of street art in recent years. Not the art of pavement artists, whose work in chalk is washed away by heavy rain, but more permanent art on the walls of buildings.

I have made a few attempts at snapping a scene from Gulliver’s Travels. Shadows cast by neighbouring buildings usually prevent the painting from being seen at its best. However my photo taken in March this year is more evenly lit. The connection between the book and the site of this illustration is that the author, Jonathan Swift, lived in Whitehaven as a young child.

A scene from Gulliver's Travels
A scene from Gulliver’s Travels