Call Your Mother, Wohlers Park, Hamburg
Amid the typical St Pauli sprayed tags and scrawls is this little graffito imploring us, in delightfully juxtaposed typefaces, to call our mothers. A fitting sight on Mothering Sunday.
Cinema Europa Pantheon, Rue Victor Cousin, Paris
This apparently is the oldest cinema in Paris still operating. The facade has changed slightly since I took this photograph many years ago - the Europa has been dropped from the name, and it now no longer sports that “beam of light from the projector” effect painted on the front.
Into the Heart, Buenos Aires
I heard quite a lot of Irish music when I was travelling around South America - The Cranberries are amazingly popular - and this little graffito, featuring U2’s Boy, is another little hint at the extent of Ireland’s cultural reach.
Cinema Alcazar, Via di San Francesco a Ripa, Trastevere, Rome
Movies and mopeds - forget the Colosseum or St Peters, this is the quintessential Roman urban streetscape. The cinema is still there, but this sign around the back appears to be gone now.
Canadian Club, Distillery District, Toronto
In honour of Canada’s emphatic Olympic hockey victory earlier today, here’s a little celebration of the Great White North’s fine taste in really big typography. Though Toronto’s favourite club is obviously the Maple Leafs…
Castro Theatre, Castro Street, San Francisco
This was taken back in November 2008. Tony Curtis was about to appear at a Spartacus screening that night, part of a celebration of his career in the famous Castro Theatre. A few days earlier, Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the US, and Proposition 8 had passed in California, banning same-sex marriage. San Francisco, and the Castro in particular, was simultaneously delirious and depressed at the two outcomes. “The ban will be repealed, it’s inevitable,” I said to a downbeat friend the night of the election, before following it up with a quote that was on everyone’s lips. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” It’s always worth believing that.