Saturday, October 5, 2013
Spark and Humor in Photography (This week's Photo Hunt themes)
What bright spark was responsible for that?! That's one way to react to some of the signs I see with very obvious English language typos* (but which I am pretty sure are fine when read in Chinese, Japanese or whatever is the signwriter's native language) on my travels within and outside of Hong Kong.
The kind-hearted might say, "Give them a break as English is not their first language". Also, at least they're making an effort to provide information in a language besides their own. But the pedant in me wants to argue that if you plan to do that, then it should be done right even while there is another part of me who is inclined just to see the lighter side of situations does find humor in those images.
On a brighter note: I do find the rubber duck inspired graffito I saw one afternoon near Shing Mun Reservoir to be not only funny but to have been the result of a spark (or more!) of inspiration. As such, it'd get my vote as the photo that unequivocally fits both of Sandi's and Gattina's choices for Photo Hunt themes this week. :)
* While it's obvious that the sign at the top of this entry is meant to warn of a "slippery floor", the second sign's meaning is more difficult to discern. After some thought on the matter, I'm inclined to think that the authorities were asking people who went to the area to do some painting to not pour the water they used to clean their brushes at the water fountain (where I saw the sign) and, instead, in the basins in the nearby toilet/washroom!