Some people collect souvenirs from where they've been, maybe an ornament, perhaps a carving, or an old banknote.
I do something that embarrasses my wife, and me a little bit too. I take photos of number plates from which ever country I visit. My favorites include Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein and Iceland. I've got about fifty or so hidden in a little folder on my desktop.
Can anyone beat me for sadness? Or am I number one?
I steal, I mean borrow, beer coasters from restaurants and pubs. Over 40 some years my collection is getting out of hand and I have still not figured out a way to display the. Someday I hope to have a glass-top coffee table made with a compartment below the glass. But if I keep collecting I'm gonna need a ten foot long table soon.
I thinking of doing a photo montage thing of all the number plates and then framing it. I might give it to my wife as a birthday present. I'd have to wear a helmet though.
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I wouldn't label taking photos of number plates as 'sad'.
On the other hand I don't think I'd ever get caught up in the 'taking photos of manhole covers' craze. But each to their own :-)
I take photos of doors and entryways, particularly residential. Such diversity to what we humans think says "Welcome home." I think they're beautiful, but Andras often thinks I'm being creepy. "People live there! Someone's going to see you!" No issues to date, however (knock on wood).
I like Stephanie's point of view...yes, welcome home.
Tell Andras it isn't creepy.
I like graffiti. Not just the street art kind, but the stuff you see in toilets. I only take photos of it in English, because otherwise I can't understand it, but the type and style differs depending on where you are.
We met a guy once who collected beer labels. He even had a book he carried with him full of them. I thought that was a nice idea.
I used to collect a coin from each country visited, then I visited countries which had no coins, and so I stopped.
I once met a man who collected little vials of sand from each country he visited. He showed me what he had collected on that particular trip and seeing all the different colours and textures I felt they were pretty cool travel mementos. He asked me to collect and send him some from Afghanistan, when I visited. But I did not. I felt that me sending him sand kind of defeated the object.