Playing favourites: The holding bay for husbands

By mrswoolybill
The third of my old shots, reworked for 2020.
This was outside the John Lewis store in Newcastle's Eldon Square mall, where sad, abandoned husbands sit in limbo. There is a story which I have told a few times on this site, bear with me if you have heard it already.
Photography is politely but strictly banned in the mall. But back in 2008 a photography competition was announced, to showcase the wonderful, glamorous experience of shopping there. For one weekend, entrants had the run of the place. There was to be an exhibition of the results.
With my accreditation in hand, I had a fantastic time. I photographed bored husbands, fractious kids, bulging bodies carrying bulging Primark bags past classy designer windows. I knew that other photographers were doing the same.
I sent in my entries, and wasn't surprised when I heard nothing. What was surprising though was that there was no announcement of results, and the promised exhibition never materialised.
I suspect that the organisers maybe got a shock when they saw the entries.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Black and white Newcastle upon tyne Eldon square Portraits and people

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ZenTony Plus
5 6 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 7:04AM
I am that man. But I have a solution Moira. All the ladies shops need a mens room. Football on the tv, a bar, dancing ladies, snooker tables etc. You would be surprised how us guys would be more encouraging of women going shopping. It's quite simple really !
Tony
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 7:08AM
They appear to have been parked quite well in their slots. Brilliant title and a great candid opportunity.
Alfie
A short while back, in St Albans, Hertfordshire, there was a cosy pub not far from the shopping centre. It had a sign outside saying:

"Man creche. Leave your husband here. Pick him up later. Entry price - one pint"

ColinSmile

gpimages Plus
10 66 2 England
30 Dec 2020 7:49AM
A really clear 'clean' image Moira of 'daily life'.
gp Wink
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 8:01AM
I've sat in similar places with similar expressions, Moira.Smile

Excellent!
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.4k 9 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 8:36AM
The most dangerous place for a man, outside the ladies changing room when that question is asked - Do you like this ?
At Boundary Mills (Shiremoor) an older gent gave me some valuable advice to answer this (and then demonstrated as his wife appeared) - Yes Dear but where would you wear it. She put it back just as he'd suggested she would.

Priceless image Moira - I also quite live the 'Living' sign in the upper right, a little contradictory.
kaybee Plus
17 7.7k 26 Scotland
30 Dec 2020 8:49AM
I can never understand this 'No Photography' in shopping centres. They never bother anyone using a phone - but bring out a camera and all hell breaks loose.

I went into ours some years ago in the evening when all bar the cinema and a couple of fast food emporiums were shut.
I set up a tripod and put a pinhole camera on it ...... a small wooden 'box' with brass fittings.
It wasn't long before a security officer came strolling along not in the slightest bit worried about the tripod. We passed pleasantries and eventually he asked what the box was. He looked at me as if I was mad when I explained it was a camera. Then he had a good look at it and asked how it worked if it was a camera so I explained and showed him.
That was when I was chucked out.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
30 Dec 2020 9:15AM
Did the ladies get given locker tickets so that they could recover the correct husband? 😁😁😁
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 9:24AM

Quote:Did the ladies get given locker tickets so that they could recover the correct husband? 😁😁😁

I love that idea.
This is outside the perfumery department, a particularly dangerous area for husbands...
Thanks everyone, and thanks to Ken and both Daves for their UAs.
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 9:30AM
I know that feeling. It could be me in the Eastgate mall in Inverness about 20 years ago. We don't go there now. They also have a ban on photography, not just in the mall but also on the pavement area outside which they own.

Phil.
30 Dec 2020 9:36AM



30 Dec 2020 9:55AM
This is just what's needed in women's clothes shops, Moira. Though maybe not at this particular moment in time.

JohnSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 10:24AM
Leo, there are some classics there!
And Roy, last Christmas I was photographing an event when a boy, maybe eleven or twelve years old, asked me 'What's that thing?' Just a modern DSLR, but he had never seen anything like it, and was rather doubtful when I said that there were other ways to take photographs as well as on phones...
jacomes Plus
6 28 38 Portugal
30 Dec 2020 10:34AM
I've been there too. The other retreat is of course to browse the photo/hifi department or shops or photo magazines in WHS Wink
James
30 Dec 2020 10:34AM
Ha ha ha the dumping zone ! noticed they both have the same shoes ! is it there man badge?
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 10:35AM
Thanks everyone, and thanks Alan for the UA.
Same shoes? Do you honestly think that women take any notice of men's shoes? Wink
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
30 Dec 2020 10:42AM
Good capture of a slice of life! I have sat there myself a few times, waiting on my better half returning and my wallet depleted a bit further. M&S in Edinburgh has a back door with foyer, which has two seats in it, which are in great demand. I am not sure why stores do not cotton on to the idea of male crèches.
Ian
30 Dec 2020 10:55AM
He's thinking "even if she actually buys the sodding thing she'll only take it back next week for a refund"
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 11:00AM
Ah!!! brings back memories for me sitting on the chair in Monsoon, whilst the wife and daughter spend hours in the salesWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink

Cliff
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 11:01AM

Quote:Ah!!! brings back memories for me sitting on the chair in Monsoon, whilst the wife and daughter spend hours in the salesWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink

Cliff


Just look at the blessings that lockdown has brought you, gentlemen!
clicknimagine Plus
11 829 104 India
30 Dec 2020 11:07AM
I have similar kind of experience...
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
30 Dec 2020 11:08AM
Seems to be the same ruling in many shopping malls. Great for photographers though when they allowed photography for the competition, even if nothing came of it for the organisers! 👍 A well-seen image here, Moira, captured their boredom very well 😃
Trev 😀
NevJB 6 2 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 11:15AM
Oh, I feel for them - luckily, my wife tends not to take me shopping as she gets 'twitchy' as I get fidgety - I'm allowed to go off and take pics GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 18 Wales
30 Dec 2020 11:22AM
Came back to this, wonderful candid so tells the story.
Tom.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 11:28AM
Thanks folks, and thanks to Nev and Tom for the UAs.
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 11:40AM
Now becomes a redundant way of life and enters into history Moira.
Peter.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 12:41PM
Thanks Peter for the UA!
This seems to be raising painful suppressed memories... Only two female votes out of 48, which may be telling... Wink
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
30 Dec 2020 1:06PM
A wonderful candid - story telling at its best

Bravo

Ollie
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 1:13PM
Thanks Ollie!
davyskid 4 2 Scotland
30 Dec 2020 3:59PM
Superb candid black and white Moira SmileSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 5:09PM
Thanks again everyone, and thanks to Alfie for the UA!
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
30 Dec 2020 6:34PM
A wonderful candid image, Moira. Simply oozing with "the wonderful, glamorous experience of shopping there." , and wondering
how much the other half has added to the credit card bill.Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 6:52PM
Thanks Dave!
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2020 7:11PM
A fascinating street moment caught Moira.
Lovely candid image, and I take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the New Year. Isabel GrinGrin
richmowil Plus
12 447 2 England
30 Dec 2020 8:25PM
Just love this title!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
30 Dec 2020 10:23PM
I recognize those expressions. Seen them many many times. This really is excellent Moira. The clarity is so good I can see every bit of dirt on the floor, and its tiny.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2020 7:43AM
Thanks everyone! And thanks Sandy for the UA.
31 Dec 2020 1:47PM
Splendid ! Sadly our favourite photoshop in Limoges has no waiting room for partners.
David
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2020 5:20PM
Thanks to David and eddiemat for their UAs!
xwang 12 56 8
20 Jan 2021 3:16PM
I remembered that when Doncaster shopping center( Frenchgate Centre) was newly opened(2004?), perhaps before Christmas, they had a lot colourful decorations on the ceilings. When I tried to take some photos, the security people came to stop me,.. I did ask why, they said it was the shops didn't like it, for security reason, one of them waved his arm around. But when I pointed out that the camera pointed at ceiling, they had no answer,.. so, I have to take it as 'private property, photos are not allowed',....I asked if they want to see the photos to be deleted, they said: "No. ,... That's it.
Nice shot,.. looks like that they were counting the minutes,..Grin

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