….by Post-It note.

Post it 1 © John MacPherson (and © unknown Post-it artist)

I came across this early Saturday morning in a deserted industrial estate as I drove through on a forage for Land Rover parts. The van was parked up and locked with no sign of life anywhere. Post-Its lay scattered all around: as their glue had softened in the damp they had fallen and were now earthbound. A few had fluttered like blowing autumn leaves some distance along the street, glowing brightly and strangely beautiful on this dank morning.

Post it 2 © John MacPherson (and © unknown Post-it artist)

As my brain started to see beyond the riot of colour, my shape recognition abilities kicked in – and a smiley face and what appears to be a pink fist with a pair of pink fingers giving the V emerged. And in the middle of one of the eyes was a short, but blunt message:

“You should of let us borrow your pen pal HA HA HA”

I came back an hour later, and the Post-its were all gone, as if they had never existed.

John MacPherson was born and lives in the Scottish Highlands. He trained as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards, before completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, and then qualified as a Social Worker in Disability Services. Along the way he has cooked on canal barges, trained as an Alpine Ski Leader & worked as an Instructor for Skiers with disabilities, been a canoe instructor, and tutor of night classes in carpentry, stained glass design and manufacture, and archery. He has travelled extensively on various continents, undertaking solo trips by bicycle, or motorcycle. He has had narrow escapes from an ambush by terrorists, been hit by lightning, caught in an erupting volcano, trapped in a mobile home by a tornado, kidnapped by a dog's hairdresser, rammed by a basking shark and was once bitten by a wild otter. He has combined all this with professional photography, which he has practised for over 35 years. He teaches photography and acts as a photography guide & tutor in the UK and abroad. His biggest challenge is keeping his 27 year old Land Rover 110 on the road. He loves telling and hearing stories.

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