The reflective cafe Leeds…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s dance is the polka – come on, let’s polka round the kitchen! Oops! Hey, careful! Don’t knock that big pan of hot offal off the cooker!…
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I took this picture in a cafe in Leeds, Yorkshire last May.
A few minutes ago as I sat down to write I wasn’t sure whether this was interesting enough to bother showing you dear reader. It’s just a cafe room, a hunched round chap, some mirrors, and a restricted view out of an upstairs window.
But there are two or three things I like about it: the roundness of the chap, the roundness of his head, and his reflection; his position in the top corner of the frame (is he staring morosely out of the window?); the strong diagonal that leads you to him (it almost looks like he’s zooming forward at speed, or maybe he’s driving the cafe along like a bus?); the reflected and reversed words in the mirror, except of course for the word ‘espresso’, it is written on the cafe window and we are seeing the back of it in the mirror, so it appears to be the right way round; those two people top right, one in red, one in white, sitting outside the reversed Costa cafe opposite (perhaps they are a couple of undercover cops keeping an eye on the round man?); even a glimpse of  green tree above our chap’s head; and… Well, actually that’s about all…
Gosh, it’s very dark and murky in the foreground isn’t it? It’s almost black… too black?…
Not a wonderful and sparkling photograph, but then again, it does seem to have ‘atmosphere’ and it might even have ‘poignancy’ too… especially as I have just mentioned that it might… I do sort of like this snap…
What do you think?…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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6 Responses to The reflective cafe Leeds…

  1. it’s a very nice pic, showing an optical illusion. at first that espresso sign fooled me into thinking that cafe has a rather nice balcony overlooking the courtyard. until i noted that costa sign being reversed. it is a very evocative image. it reminds me of a seedy bar in thailand… haha..

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Well that reflection is great – what is more interesting is the espresso sign that has been partially obscured – – so it says “ESP SO?” Well, I added the question mark. And then the cafe appears to be empty, except for one man. He could be concentrating, you know, using his extra sensory skills. Sometimes my perception is off though. Perfect!

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Thank you Dana.
      Yes, it was evening, about half an hour before closing, just me and him on the mezzanine floor… he grabbed the seat with the view of the street… I lurked in the dark at the back… Click!…
      Hm… ESP… Hm…

  3. I thought you might have included the roundness of the lamps…I rather like their golden smoothness, the spacing, and their reflection. I also think this is quite a symbolic photograph…..a story of the inner darkness of the soul, and the outward happy demeanour that people put on for the world, despite their sorrow. Or the gentleman could simply be sipping his cup of green tea and wondering just how much longer his wife will be in the toilet so he can pay the bill and leave. 😀

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