Having a Lie Down

I was in Tate Modern last Monday, and whenever I’m there I can’t resist standing on the first floor balcony that overlooks the massive old Turbine Hall and indulging in a few minutes of people-watching.

I spotted this man lying flat on his back montionless, and he just stayed there, his daughter alongside. I felt rather envious of him. It was gone four o’clock in the afternoon and I still hadn’t had time to eat lunch let alone have an after lunch siesta.


It’s been a manic fortnight. First there was the visit to see the Poppies at the Tower of London and the poignant listening to the Roll of Honour at dusk (click here to view that Post). Then I made a day trip to Compton Verney in Warwickshire to see an outdoor installation of Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin sculptures. That was a real treat for me and the camera.

And then this past Monday I had a truly memorable day in London that involved shooting with a Leica M, seeing the Matisse ‘Cutouts’ exhibition at Tate Modern, and a river walk. (More about all that next week).

Those three trips have yielded over 500 images that I’m slowly getting to grips with, and frankly I feel a little boggle-eyed from all I’ve seen.

So, I feel a little envious of this man lying flat on his back. I could do with a lie down just to refresh the brain. But I’m back in London this Sunday and then off to Greenwich on Tuesday to see the end of the Tall Ships Festival. And today there is news of another un-missable exhibition in London – Abram Games, the Designer ‘Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games’ from Sept 8 – Jan 4 at the Jewish Museum NW1.

Whoever thought retirement was the time to sit down and put your feet up?

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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14 Responses to Having a Lie Down

  1. oneowner says:

    I get tired just reading about everything you’re doing. Now I have to lie down.


  2. Lisa Gordon says:

    What a wonderful moment you captured here!


  3. shoreacres says:

    That’s such a wonderful reversal in the photo. Usually, it’s the parent who watches over a sleeping child. Here, the child keeps watch — it’s such a tender image. Poignant, really.


  4. I love this image Andy. I can’t help but wonder what the little girl is looking at and I love all the negative space.


  5. ehpem says:

    I really like this photo Andy. If the child was chattering away then was the Dad listening or grinding his teeth or just oblivious. Looks like the latter.


    • LensScaper says:

      I kept looking at the father trying to work out whether he really was asleep and whether he was communicating intermittently with his daughter. I thought it was likely he was resting with his eyes closed, but awake. I will never know for sure. Thanks for commenting Ehpem.


  6. Chillbrook says:

    Smashing image Andy. A busy time indeed! I’ve still had my feet up to a certain extent but with a lovely week ahead, weatherwise, I’ll be out with my camera again too.


  7. Len says:

    I know how you feel Andy. I have been on so many trips over the past few months with several more to come and I have way too many photos to go through. Great catch my friend.


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