Putting one’s feet up

As we get older, any little niche is good for a sit down. This is round the back of St Martin in the Fields church, Trafalgar Square, Central London. No fields near here at all, although I assume when this was built (and a church has stood on this site since medieval times) that there were fields close by.

 

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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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16 Responses to Putting one’s feet up

  1. E. Brooks says:

    An interesting gentleman and photo. The smartphone he is so focused upon seems in opposition to his sightly passé appearance.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Earl for that perceptive comment. Yes, he’s slightly incongruous isn’t he. London is such a busy place, but move a few yards off the main streets and there are quiet corners. He’s found one of those quiet places.

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  2. paula graham says:

    Oh Bless him, I wonder if he knows he is the star of the show!

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  3. I especially like the limited and muted color palette—except for his sock!

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  4. oneowner says:

    I see a lot of confidence in this gentleman from this photo. NIcely done, Andy.

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    • LensScaper says:

      We want to know more about him, don’t we? He strikes me as being a man who doesn’t much care what others think of him – and that may imply self-confidence.

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  5. seekraz says:

    Sometimes that’s enough….

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  6. shoreacres says:

    This is a delightful photo. Despite looking rather like a grasshopper, he seems entirely comfortable, and the gradations of gray, along with the algae, adds just the right amount of color. Not only that, he seems to be a very interesting man. I have no idea why I think so, except that your photo makes him so.

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    • LensScaper says:

      There’s something about him – that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that we can’t quite put into words. Is he aristocratic, eccentric. I liked the little snatches of colour. I was tempted to convert to B&W but I thought that would weaken the image rather than strengthen it. Sometimes a little bit of colour punches way above its weight.

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    I like this so much, Andy. I think what appeals, aside from a very nice composition and all, is that it shows an older man who obviously doesn’t care a huge deal about appearances, but does care to keep up-to-date by using a smartphone. It’s a nice blending of things that don’t always go together. The location makes me think of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, too. 😉 All good!

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Lynn. This man seems to have intrigued quite a few people. It’s one of those unexpected images that ‘happen’ when I take a different route through an area of London that I know so well. Quiet corners can be more rewarding than busy streets.

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  8. Heide says:

    I ADORE THIS IMAGE! It’s absolutely perfect, from the subject to the composition. Wonderful work, Andy.

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