I took a trip to Bath last Thursday with Martin (4D photo images). It was a glorious spring day with the sun shining all day and the temperature staying warm.
During the afternoon we sat in the sun on the benches facing the Roman Baths. I thought I would do an update of the post I did last June An afternoon in the life …, of people using the bench outside the Baths.
Last year I took the shots over almost 5 hours, returning at intervals. This time it was in one sitting of just over 40 minutes. The people on the benches where we were sitting stayed a lot longer than the ones opposite. It could have been that the bench opposite was in the shade whereas ours was in full sunshine.
You can see even in that time there are many changes. There were even more, but due to the crowds queuing to get into the baths alongside the tape you can see in these earlier shots, I wasn’t able to get them all.
You can see in some shots that even though I am directly in front of the people, they don’t even notice I am there taking shots of them. Others who do notice me just watch. Probably wondering what I am up to and why am I taking shots of them.
A young girl with a rucksack sat next to me on the bench, and was very aware that I had the camera. Each time I turned to my right to get a shot of somebody she would turn away and look at her phone, or something over her shoulder.
It is amazing how things change. The man goes the lady comes. The only thing that remains unchanged and in place, is the bench.
After this shot the girl looked at me, and I explained what I was doing. She replied in a quiet, foreign accent, “Ah, I see now. I wondered what you were doing.”
What I found intriguing in this shot was the woman’s behaviour was totally different to the girl than she had displayed to the little boy. It wasn’t only for this shot, it was all the time the girl was there.
I was wondering if the women were feeling lonely in the next shot, as they had no company on the bench and they had finished their ice creams.
I said to the girl next to me on the bench, “see someone new again”. She replied, “yes, I have been watching them after you said.”
The dog made me smile in these 2 shots. In the one above it is sitting quietly and the two women and the man are just staring ahead. Contrast that to the shot below. The woman is holding the dogs lead and it is looking for attention from the woman on the end.
The biggest smile though was that the woman was watching me whilst having a drink, and I was waiting for the dog to pull on its lead and the drink would spill everywhere.
In the following shot it looks like the whole family had arrived alongside the two women, and it was time for us to move on.
As we got up to go, I directed the camera at the girl who had been sitting next to me, and was still sitting on the bench. She realised and quickly turned away. I walked away a bit and knelt down and waited. She turned and I got the shot. I stood up and smiled and she gave a big smile back, and I said thank you. I will put that shot in a later post.