As anybody who knows me, knows I like bench shots. There is so much social activity in the way people use benches.
The couple in the top shot made me smile. I have no idea if they were together, probably not due to the empty space between them. I think the space and the fact they were looking in opposite directions makes it a good image to title “An Argument?”
You may think that people sit on benches just to rest their legs. This may be so, but there are many other reasons. Take a look at the shot below, and it looks as though the three people are just sitting down resting.
The title tells you who the people in the shot are.
The Old Man was just resting. You can see he has a stick, and when he stood, he seemed a bit unsteady on his feet and was walking very slowly, and I saw him a short while later sitting on a bench about 200 yards away.
The Minder was exactly that. Well that is what I called her. She is a friend of Jemma Krysa, and was sitting watching her. When I say she is her minder it was because she helped her with moving her gear and also when some idiot shouted through Jemma’s microphone as he passed, she jumped up and shouted at him. Looking out for her all the time.
The Street Photographer was the lady on the far end. I first noticed when talking to someone I had just shot, said to me “someone else is taking my photo now.” I turned around and saw the woman. When I finished talking to the guy, I went and spoke to the her. She is a photographer from Swansea who was just getting back into Street Photography, and was trying out a new Minolta on her visit to Cardiff. She was sitting on the bench to get some shots.
Oh, the Passer By was just some guy on his phone that happened by when I took the shot.
These guys were all tapping their feet to the Mariachi band that was playing opposite. It was so funny to see as they were tapping in time to each other.
This lady had sat down to smoke a cigarette and spent ages looking through her bag. I don’t know what she was looking for, but wondered if it was corn or something to feed the pigeons.
This guy was sitting on this bench for a while. I am assuming he was waiting for his wife as he was looking to the shops and yawning most of the time he was there.
I like the way the woman in the front is looking at me, wondering why I was kneeling down. The lady behind her is the lady in this shot. When I saw her I stood and just got the shot as she walked under the trees.
I noticed a young girl walk along and give this woman a free paper. As she walked out of the way I realised that the woman was sitting crossed legged on the bench, which you only usually see from younger girls or groups.
As I lowered my camera from shooting the woman with the paper, I looked to the right and saw these two women. The one had seen me taking the shots and as I lifted the camera she smiled and wagged her finger at me, as if to say no, but the smile told me yes. I love that attitude.
OK, they are not sitting on the bench, but the other woman is using the bench to rest her bag on while she sorts something. See another bench activity!
The activity of this girl on the bench is so commonplace, but out of all the shots in this post she is the only one on her mobile phone. As you look through the shots you will notice that she is the only youngster. I didn’t just put this one in for this reason, but it was the only one on the day.
This was the only shot I took in St Mary Street, all the others were shot in Queen Street. Queen Street is the main shopping street whereas this part of St Mary Street is an area between the Train & Bus Stations and the main shopping area. People who are not shopping seem to loiter here. The guys on the right seem to be meeting here and you may notice the flagon of cider in the pocket of one of the men sitting on the right.
I think the guy on the left is either asleep or dead!
You may notice this shot is different to the others. There is nobody sitting or even standing near the benches. I have no explanation for this. Cough, Cough!
This was the only shot I took with the EM5. All the other shots were taken with the D7000 and my new 85mm 1.8G.
I don’t know if you noticed but the Cardiff RHS Flowers Show is on 17th – 19th April 2015. See the benches are also used for advertising.