After days and days of rain, the sun finally came out in the afternoon over the weekend, so I was out the door with my walking shoes on as soon as I'd finished the most essential sleep. The sky was a hazy blue and the sun bright and warm. Steam wafted up from the road, fence posts, letterboxes, anywhere the sun hit. A huge bank of white mist has rolled down the harbour and engulfed us. Good bye sun, hello cold and dreary.
I took my camera with me thay day, not sure of what I'd snap, but the nice letterboxes at Haji Lane caught my eye. So I spent the rest of my walk sniffing out unusual or pretty letterboxes.
I have composed this picture taken at Haji Lane in which each element is interesting - the little road, the beautiful shophouses and the different letter boxes (of course).
I love the depth of field and uniformity for this shot.
Each letterbox is different, of course, and through my journey I started to take notice of all the different types. Big ones, little ones, specially made, tricky or secure, and then those with the big “No Junk Mail” Signs. I started to think that each letterbox shows a personality of their own, or the owners.
Personalised Letterboxes: Some people go all out and create beautiful letterboxes, because when you think about it they are seen every day. They are outside your house, or your shop and at least one person everyday looks at them, even if it is just the mail man. People may complement your home or shop and I couldn’t help but think “Wow how creative or nice” when I came across a personalised letterbox. It made me think that the owners are very particular with things in their home or shop, they like everything to be included including their letterboxes.
An excellent and artful letterbox.
The standard letterbox is often what a lot of people have. The open shut lid, normal size and with their number on the front or somewhere close. To me, these letter boxes tell me the owners aren’t really fussed. The letterbox is there to hold mail until they collect it, as long as it does its job, then all is fine.
Small letterboxes are the next best thing next to a No Junk Mail sticker if you do not want junk mail. They are so small that sometimes it is easier to skip past them than have to try and fit the pamphlet in with the other mail that is already spilling onto the ground. The smaller mail boxes gave me the feeling that they were more so interested in just addressed mail, or were super keen to keep checking their mailboxes to keep them from getting overfilled.
I saw this letter box with a lock and the lock seemed to have grown soft and luminous with age. I wonder how long it’s been working
I adore these colourful post boxes.
The little road gave depth and perspective in this shot and the red letter box was a nice and real eye catcher in this picture.
Long before the use of 'Email' or even during our grandparents' time, info or news were mostly conveyed through radios and hand-written letters were delivered by post.
Nowadays with advanced technology, news were sent efficiently and quickly. But each house or shop still has a letter box for the postman to deliver mail.
I somehow believe that everyone still look forward to the postman delivering letters as there is a feeling of warmth and a special touch of happiness in opening a friend's handwritten letter or postcard. :-)
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