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Can we have ............ the bill (or peace in Palestine) - The Ladies that Lunch

By ketch
London peace protests recently - there was more than enough photographers around to sink a peace ship - so I retired into the National Geographic building to look at the photo exhibition.

The Moss Bros in the bg was intentional I liked the ironic element because it also seemed to echo the contrast with the ladies that lunch.

Anyway probably too much going on to be entirely cohesive as a picture and perhaps I should not have used selective B&W.

This has certainly taken me on a trip on new terrain and I would welcome any comments, derisory remarks, howls of laughter and even the odd sharp intake of breath and a despairing shake of the head.

Thanks for looking

Best wishes


Tags: Photo journalism Lunch Ladies Black and white Digitally manipulated National geographic Palestine Gaza Peace protests

Voters: Welshscape, CarolG, videotec and 20 more

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videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 12:43PM
Super capture Robert

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 12:45PM
I think this is a tremendous image and very poignant. The "Ladies that Lunch" is a great title. If anything the only thing that would strengthen the shot IMHO is if all the coffee shop customers were not looking out at the protest as a couple are - almost as in blissful ignorance of the world around them.
The colour pop works for me but I think in straight black and white you would also have a powerful reportage picture. Well spotted and taken.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
14 Feb 2009 12:45PM
Plenty of colour and action. The woman, leaning forward is the one I seem to focus on. I have done a mod with a different crop, lightened the 2 women in the centre and darkened the surround.

Hope you like it
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
14 Feb 2009 2:39PM
John and Paul thanks so much for the mods they are great. I do agree with the comments about the couple on the far right they do sort of ruin the 'crisis? what crisis? effect' - thanks too Pete for your kind comment.

Best wishes

14 Feb 2009 3:14PM
A well taken shot.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 3:16PM
Good shot, full of interest, I like the B&W mod too
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 4:43PM
What a great and controversial subject. Amazing how they seem oblivious to what is going on around them. I like the way Moss Bros is on the opposite side and the fact that the colourful event flows through the centre with the mono tones on either side. Works ok in the B+W mod but i do like your river of action and colour.
Linda Smile
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
14 Feb 2009 4:45PM
Thank you so much Peter, Mavis and Linda I really do appreciate your comments.

Best wishes

Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
14 Feb 2009 5:26PM
Well spotted and captured

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 7:41PM
Two completely different worlds here. I actually like the fact that the two on the right are looking out and the girl in the middle of the archway is looking in - just a touch of two worlds being aware that there is something different going on, but not making any sense of it.
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
15 Feb 2009 11:08AM
Thanks Stace and Helen appreciated very much indeed.

16 Feb 2009 11:00AM
The shots full of interest, nice one
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2009 8:01AM
A very nice candid shot...
Not only in the caffe sharp but outside the window...
I like it..

cjl47 10 4 3 England
20 Feb 2009 3:49PM
excellent treatment
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
24 Feb 2009 11:04PM
great journalism shot Robert
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
6 Mar 2009 9:09PM
Thanks so much Ed for your detailed critique - really useful info especially about approach - I don't know how you have doen this but your comments are absolutely spot on.

At first I thought to get shots outside - but the ranks of photographers (many with press passes and all with much better gear than I had ever dreamt of - suggested to me a different approach - that far Ok but after that the wheels feel off).

Thank you so much for taking the time to draft your much appreciated comments - they are invaluable.

Best wishes


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