Category Archives: Take a Seat

Take a Seat – Take a Moment 9

The subject here is taking a four-fold moment: smoking; reading a letter; finding shade from the sun; and escaping the crowds ticking off the Acropolis on their holiday to-do lists.  Even a tree root provides a comfortable perch under the … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 8

Working, usually at a laptop, is one of the main occupations of people sitting in public.  And they are most often in cafes where the cost of office space in the price of a cup of coffee, say £3.00 for … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 8

Choosing a seat in a public place involves careful consideration of personal space.  We are very diffident about asking to share café tables; and on buses and trains we sit beside a stranger only when all other separate seats are … Continue reading

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Unmanageable Tourism

‘The Dutch tourist board is to stop actively promoting the Netherlands as a holiday destination because its main attractions – the canals, tulips and windmills – are becoming both overcrowded, the Telegraaf said on Monday. In future the NBTC will … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 7

Another reason for people to sit about in public spaces: a cigarette break. Photo: Senate House Hill, Cambridge, April 2019

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 6

So, why do people sit about in public spaces?  Variously: chatting, eating, reading, sleeping, watching, waiting, working on a laptop, attending to the demands of a mobile phone.  Or maybe lost in moments of inner calm and reverie, time off … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 5

Another book of moments (see post 21st March 2019) is People Kissing by Levine and Ramey (Princetown Architectural Press 2019).  More active that quiet moments, the sub-title is ‘A Century of Photographs’ and it reveals the shifts in social and … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 3

Black+White Photography magazine runs a regular feature, ‘Smart Guide to Photography’.  It concentrates on still lives and other static subjects and rarely ventures out onto the street.  The helpful advice at expertphotography.com/smartphone-street-photography-tips/ shows that B+W is missing something.  I don’t … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 2

The previous post has set me thinking that there might be a photo book in my pictures of people sitting in quiet moments.  This would be in a similar vein to my Ruckenfigur Revisited (2013).  More elevated examples are Elliott … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment

Anyone seeing my street photography on Instagram will have noticed that it often includes seated people.  Why?  Is it just an accident; or do I go to lots of places where people want to sit down?  Is it because it’s … Continue reading

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