Category Archives: Take a Seat

Take a Seat – Take a Moment 18

This guardian looks as if she’s not just taking a moment: she has the air of a permanent fixture, someone for whom the moment has become a lifetime of dedication to the tranquil beauty of Agios Kapnikoreus amid the bustling … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 17

Taking a seat, taking a moment, is not always a solitary experience: sometimes a space is shared by choice, sometimes by necessity.  Here it’s a matter of necessity – like galleries, there are never enough seats on stations.  The space … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 16

The seated one might be taking the moment to gaze proprietorially at the view.  ‘The “tourist gaze” is explained by sociologist John Urry as the set of expectations that tourists place on local populations when they participate in heritage tourism, … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 15

This series of pictures looks at people sitting in public places.  Does this mean the public domain and any space used by the public?  Or is it any place exposed to the public gaze.  This woman is reading The Midnight … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 14

Why does it seem that a couple of hours browsing round a museum or exhibition is always more tiring than a five mile walk?  Maybe it’s the pace, the stopping and starting – experience tells me that a slow, ambling … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 13

Here someone is taking several moments – to sketch a Corfiot mourionia (gargoyle) in pen.  She has not chosen to take a seat: she is in a wheelchair.  Photo: Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, Greece, June 2019

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 12

Geoff Dyer in his fascinating meditation on photography, The Ongoing Moment (2005), makes a smooth transition (one of many) from reflecting on pictures of steps to an analysis of seating.  ‘It is appropriate, then, that in photos of the 1930s … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 11

Whenever I see someone alone at a cafe or restaurant table I’m reminded of Tom Paxton’s poignant 1968 song ‘Victoria Dines Alone’. Victoria dines alone, she skips the potatoes / Victoria begins her meal with greens and tomatoes / Reading … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 10

A lot of people work sitting down, though it’s not often in public apart from those beavering away at laptops in coffee shops.  Anyway, wherever they are working the opportunity to drift off for a few moments is probably a … Continue reading

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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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