There are as many stories at our feet as there are at eye level or higher. It’s definitely worth looking down at your feet for images. If you are afraid of the journey I’ll take you there gradually…
This image shows that one department, the pavement painting one, has not communicated well with the sign installing one. Ignoring the oddly proportioned bicycle, the sign/painting combo might tend to confuse obedient walkers and cyclists. Do you walk on the left or the right? It’s just up the road from where the infamous “etc…” sign was. Cropping off all except the “message” parts of the image makes it look as if it’s spot colour/B&W.
Sometimes the story isn’t clear. Why is there only part of the frying pan spatula instead of the whole thing? When did it break, and why? How did it come to be in the road? Whatever the answers are to these questions it does make for an interesting juxtaposition of the interior domestic with the exterior urban.
The yellow lines and manholes/inspection covers in Watchet, Somerset, make an abstract composition of lines, triangles and rectangles. The larger cover has a story to tell. At some point in the past it must have been lifted and put back the wrong way round. When it was repainted, clearly a while ago, the painter just painted a new yellow line to join the one on the road. It was obviously outside their job description to lift the cover so it was the right way round before repainting the yellow line.
The moral is to look down. There’s a world of photography at your feet.