Wednesday 1 November 2023


What started out as a very low key feature back in January with just one or two (literally) loosely themed snaps has now grown arms and legs and turned into something of a monster. In a good way, I hasten to add. Not all monsters were capes, or something like that; you know what I mean. Just one more instalment until our end of year finale. But before we get ahead of ourselves - and in true Vision On style - let's take a look this month's gallery. The brief this month was 'A splash of colour'. 

In time honoured tradition Rol is up first - "Hi John, I used to love photographing sunsets for my old blog, Sunset Over Slawit. Here are some of my favourites. Hope they fit this month's criteria. All the best, Rol." Thank you, Rol. Why did you call time on your old blog?

Another newbie, Jo-Shreeve from Redruth. Much of her photography is based around the amazing beaches in the south west. But this week she's on her travels: "Swapped a cold & wet Cornwall for a little bit of heat! Sunshine, sangria and the beach!" A great shot, Jo. Enjoy Spain!

My friend David seemingly divides his time these days between Nottingham and London. His photos this month come with two/three word descriptors:
Queens Drive, Nottingham NG2

Clerkenwell EC1

Bridlesmith Gate NG1

"Nottingham Light Night 2023." Now an annual artistic fixture all over the city. Cheers, David. Yes, I took a few at Light Night; always something there that catches my eye.

Another newbie - Rob As his Twitter/'X' bio says - he came for the poliics and stayed for the photos. "It was a really cold March day at Saunton Sands in North Devon a few years back and I'd gone to the beach to help supervise a group of kids including my son. I was trying to get a few surfer photos and the camera was on maximum zoom when these three came out the sea with a bright red surfboard. I was just waiting and hoping for them to turn to their left so I could get a proper shot of the board and then there it was, right over the wet sand getting a lovely reflection too." I must admit to messaging Rob and almost pleading with him to let me use this image. I absolutely love it. Thank you, Rob. Come back next month, won't you?

James next. "Hi Dad, a couple for you this month: The Sultan Abdul Majid Mosque in Byblos, whose blue dome stands out against the sand and terracotta structures that surround it."

"The Beit Toureef Guesthouse in Gemayze, Beirut. Not that far from the 2020 port explosion, it sits amongst buildings that show signs of that devastating blast."

"As a bonus, the blue water of the Barnafoss waterfalls in Iceland - vivid against a backdrop of earth and volcanic rock." Stunning, James. Thank you x.

The lovely C over at Sun Dried Sparrows: "Hi John Years ago I painted this stone cat in bright swirling blues and greens, as you do. She's all faded and chipped now but on a drab day like today I thought she could fulfil this month's photo challenge. Just as I took the pic, something darted into the shot (top left) and provided an unexpected extra splash of colour. A photo-bombing robin! C x."  

"Oh, and sending this one too - these Japanese Maple leaves are such a vivid pinky red right now and seeing the colour and shapes contrasted with the turquoise-green of my shed put me in mind of an exotic fabric design." Fantastic, C! The cat is, quite literally, a work of art.

Paul Sutton King a purveyor of picture postcards. He posted this on a gloomy Weneday morning - "So it’s back to Burano." Unsure exactly where that was, Paul, I hurredly checked my Atlas: Venice! Could quite easily be a picture postcard. If it's not already, that is.

Khayem next from one of the best music blogs Dubhed: "Someone has taken on the job of painting bollards, BT boxes and the like in central Gloucester. A splash of colour indeed! This one particularly cheered me on an otherwise grey and grotty morning." Quite a few flowers this month, K. I love yours!

The ever dependent Stevie next from Charity Chic Music who says: "Who needs green on red when you can have red on green!" Not me, Stevie!

Ben said he was struggling to shoehorn a phonebook in this month but kindly supplied these two contrasting images. Thanks, Ben. (It's a brave man who gets his camera out in a locker room!)

Old friend of the blog, Adam, next from Bagging Area: "This electricity substation, one of those modern green fibreglass boxes not a lovely 1930s brick, or even a 60s concrete one, has had its drab appearance and surroundings enlivened, unofficially, by a local graffiti artist. On the Bridgewater Canal in Broadheath near Altrincham, it makes me smile every time I walk past."
I know what you mean - cheers, Adam.

The Swede (TS to his friends) at Unthought of, Though, Somehow. "The artist Vinnie Nylon has exhibited his work all over the world and currently he has a fabulous show, Future Primitive, running in the little Suffolk market town I call home. In the weeks leading up to its opening, Vinnie rocked up in person to create a handful of site specific pieces around the town. This one is my favourite." Thanks, TS. Would love to se the rest of 'em sometime.


I wouldn't want to play poker against Riggsby. He texted me a couple of days ago and said he was finding this month's challenge, ahem, "challenging" and that he didn't have any photos for me. "Not hitting the expected splash" he opined; fast forward 48 hours and I was deluged! Here's six of the best:

"A splash of colour? This is a nearby neighbourhood where we often go for walks."

"This is going back over a decade, taken on a Guinness ruled night in Dublin."

"Say hello to Zigguy Fawkes! A 'flash' of unexpected colour." This is surely an album cover in the making, Richard!

"A building, likely a bank, in the British Concession in Shanghai displaying the Chinese flags.'' (pic c/o Jingyi - Richard's wife).

"Room for a typewriter with a splash of colour?" Always!

Lastly, with but a three word strap line: "Shanghai, pre-pandemic." Thank you Richard (and Jingyi), I really do look forward to your transatlantic contributions each month.

And so, once again, a couple of mine to bring proceedings to a clattering halt.
This is a pub in Worthing, East Sussex. I forget its name(!) 

Regulars will probably recognise this very famous building in Dingle, Liverpool - the former 'hood of Richard Starkey. 

When did you last see a postman wearing long trousers? I'd say you've got more chance of finding the Ark of the Covenant.

I'll leave you with this rather lovely autumnal wreath I saw on my travels this afternoon. Set against a heavily glossed black door I thought it could sneak its way into this month's collection.

And what a collection it is. Once again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, you've really come up trumps...again! Thank you, all. I'll post December's challenge in the comments section below in the next few days.


  1. Great selection of pics John, truly a monthly blogging highlight. The surfers and the umbrella particularly stand out for me, the snapshot, unplanned nature of the photos. Interesting how many of us have an appreciation of graffiti and street art too.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Adam. Yep, the surfers probably just edge it this month. Rob's got a good eye, for sure.

  2. Agree with Adam.Some belters this month as always.

    1. Cheers, CC. You're right. Every last one - a belter.

  3. All great and as ever, so varied - thanks for putting this together and brightening up a stormy week. The surfers particularly stand out for me.

    1. It's been an absolute pleasure to curate, C. Every month dozens of seemingly disparate photos land in my inbox. And either when they're together in a collection or as stand alone photographs, each and every one is a work of art.

  4. Wow. What a selection.

    I called time on my old blog for a variety of reasons. And then I gradually changed my mind about most of them. There's a lesson there somewhere.

    1. Thanks, Rol. I know what you mean; one day I'll share the story of my Rolling Stones garment (acquired in NYC) which I no longer own...

  5. A wonderfully varied array of photos once again - thoroughly enjoyable from top to bottom. I hope next month's end of year finale will merely mark the end of Season 1 of an ongoing series?

    1. I had no idea we'd make it *this* far, let alone carry it forward into next year.
      If people want me to keep it going I'll gladly oblige.

  6. Oops, I replied previously on my phone but it clearly didn't save...sorry! Again, it's a privilege to featured in the same post as so many incredibly talented and observant people. It's a good series to revisit multiple times, too. I was back here today as it's a really miserable morning outside and I fancied a 'splash of colour'.

    Many thanks for your continuing efforts to inspire, curate and share, John!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, K. Sometime in December I'll round up the 'Best Of '23' and link to each of the 12 instalments. (See my note to TS above, if you want me to keep it running in '24 I'll take some soundings and see what the mood is.)

  7. Steps, stairs, lifts, ladders, escalators, paternosters (look 'em up).
    'Going Up!' - December's photo challenge. By the 1st please.