Men Upstairs

Life around us can be full of unintended flashes of humour, the occasional double entendre, and suggestive word-play. You just have to be on the look out for it. ‘Men Upstairs’ the sign says… in a clothing store actually.

But add an exclamation mark – ‘Men Upstairs!’ – and suddenly the mind can go off at a tangent and imagine a few alternatives implied by the concept of Men Upstairs. Are there men upstairs? Available men? If there are, no-one in the picture appears to be in a great hurry to avail themselves of men upstairs.

It’s all in the mind of the observer – it’s Friday – time for something a little light hearted!

This was never a brilliant image technically – one of those grabbed shots in passing. Not very sharp; but a rummage in the filter gallery can help to disguise that fault. Two versions here – colour and B&W.

Personally, I think I prefer the gaudiness of the colour version – there’s a slight tackiness about the colour that is in keeping with the suggestive idea behind the sign. However neither image is an example of brilliant image making – just a bit of fun. Have a chuckle and enjoy them.

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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7 Responses to Men Upstairs

  1. rigmover says:

    ‘Men upstairs’ or ‘Bar upstairs’ has the same effect on me. Great shot and well seen.


  2. oneowner says:

    Yes, the color version suits this very well. I love these fun shots but you really have to keep an eye out for them.


  3. Len says:

    That’s funny Andy but would have even funnier if it read “Women Upstairs”


  4. Yes, the gaudiness of the color version definitely contributes to the impact. The Ohio park where I take most of my summer photographs has a sign in the parking lot that has no visual appeal, but I love the wording: “Alcoholic beverages and dogs not allowed.”


    • LensScaper says:

      Hi Linda – and many thanks for your comment. I’m glad you agree about the colour version. Is there an implied link between dogs and drinking too much, do you think? I sometimes think people never read what they write, or get a second opinion upon it, before they go public.


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