When I left school, I wanted to be a ‘Sign Writer’ - a person who paints commercial signs and advertisements on storefront facia boards, glass windows and prominent walls and at one time you would see them everywhere. However, although we are experiencing something of a revival in ‘traditional signwriting’ at the moment, sadly they have been replaced with printed materials and the British High Street looks the worse for it.
When I first moved to London (in the 1990’s) I lived in Cheshire Street, just off the Brick Lane and back then most of the houses, shops and officers were all boarded up, their was no street lighting and if I walked home from Liverpool Street Station, then I always felt slightly uncomfortable.
However on the flip side most of the buildings still had their facia boards intact and I kept thinking to myself, I must get my camera out and take some photos of them. But I never did and now they are gone forever. So to make amends, whenever I see a ‘Ghost Sign’ (the faded remains of hand painted advertising), then I take a quick shot of it with my iPhone and the rest as they say is History.