When I look up, part 4

Photo by Theresa Barker.

Last month I walked into the Monterey, California, airport to pick up a relative for our family reunion.  I looked up, and I saw this! – over the TSA security checkpoint.  Oh!  It captured my imagination in a single instant.

Photo by Theresa Barker.

Can’t you just imagine the places you could go, like in those old-fashioned travel posters you see in museums or on poster sites?  If you do a search on “travel posters”  in Google Images, you’ll see a ton of vintage posters, posters that have a delightfully intriguing flavor to them.  Here are just a few:


I don’t know about you, but when I see these posters, I feel as if you could simply jump into them and be instantly transported to those places. What is is about the images, about the colors or the illustration style, that makes me feel that way?  Perhaps some of you know more about this than I do – Joy at turtledesk blog, Amy at Photography Journal Blog, Miriam at Shower of Blessings blog and others, artist colleagues – about what makes it feel like you could dive into any  of these illustrations and come out on the other side in a magical, enchanted version of the destination being shown.  Am I the only one that feels that way?  It’s like in The Wizard of Oz, going to a place where strange, wonderful things happen and you only have to enjoy yourself when you get there.

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32 thoughts on “When I look up, part 4

    1. Ah! I thought of you when I wrote this, you bring such a sense of wonder and imagination to your travel tales, Dippy-Dotty Girl! There IS something magical about those vintage illustrations, isn’t there? Thanks for the reassurance! 🙂

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  1. I like the posters too and how nice that the airport is featuring these – and from reading your response – I would say the team that voted to hang this vintage-inspired lookalikes would be proud that the art had this impact on you – 🙂
    and that you would connect the vintage connection and art and all that – very cool

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  2. I never quite thought of posters that way – possibly i have been always distracted with something else while traveling through airports and stations, tickets, luggage, timings etc. But now I will look up! Thanks T for showing me the way 🙂

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  3. Great post, Teresa! I always like to look up, look around at the airport. I like the vintage posters also. In a sense, it’s art, not just photos. You could add your interpretation or your imagination to the posters. I like the idea that you could imagine yourself jump right into them and come out on the other side of a different world. In fact, I wish it could be done for real…!!

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      1. July and here is the link: http://centrum.org/the-port-townsend-writers-conference/

        I’m debating whether to take a morning class again this year … I learned a lot last year from the morning class I took (6 consecutive days), but I didn’t have as much time as I had hoped for my own writing. If I did take the morning class, I am looking at Bill Ransom’s “Hybrid genre” class. Still deciding! 🙂 Either way, I will probaby be there, even if it’s just for a personal writing retreat (which I sometimes do).

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      2. Oh, I’m glad to hear that you’re going to see your granddaughter in 10 days. We’re going for Christmas and Mercy’s birthday on 26th. They are doing better and better every day. I’m glad Mercy is not as stressed out as Autumn is getting big and they have more fun with her!! 🙂 🙂

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      3. For weeks, she said “take it one day at a time.” I think by now, Will got the routine down to get her to sleep after the feeding before bedtime, sometimes she has a long stretch of 5 hours of sleep, so mom and dad get some sleep too! 🙂 I told her what you said about the 3 and 6… 🙂

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  4. Oh my goodness, I love these posters!! Thank you for sharing! I’m especially drawn to the San Fransisco poster for its sepia tones and the lovely way in which the artist conveys the Golden Gate Bridge. I did search up “travel posters,” and there are so many creative ones out there! Maybe I’ll make this my next project! ❤😊

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