Wait And Watch

By woolybill1
Durham, Market place, two gloomy Saturdays ago. Harassed mother, sullen child, shopping completed, taxi ordered for the return, empty bench. Take control, weight off feet, shut him up with crisps, quick tab*, instant relief. Simple pleasures. Wait and watch.

*Tyne/Wear slang = cigarette. "Tab" cigarettes sold well here before WW1.

I have no idea what was actually happening, but the scenario fits. I couldn't help seeing these two sitting outside the Market Tavern; I stood there for some time waiting to shoot from the hip. I cropped off a half-person from the left and straightened the image slightly; otherwise as-seen.

25mm, 1/50th sec @ f7.1, ISO 400

No chance of being on-site from now until Tuesday as the Town Twinning arrives shortly from France, and Moira and I shall be fully occupied acting as dutiful hosts. We might get the odd photo, though. Hope you all have an excellent weekend.

Tags: Photo journalism Waiting Durham Market place Portraits and people

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26 Oct 2007 9:17AM
Excellent candid Bill, love their expressions and your description,

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26 Oct 2007 9:21AM
I agree with Fred.. great work.

derekv 10 3 England
26 Oct 2007 9:37AM
Great candid. Like the bloke behind the window.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
26 Oct 2007 9:39AM
Well imagined Bill. Enjoy your guests.
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 9:43AM
hope all goes well for you two...super candid, he looks a little bundle of joy...lol
AngelaR 13 155 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 9:45AM
A good candid capture Bill - love your script too. I won't be at all surprised to see photographic evidence of the twinning weekend - hope it's a success.
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 10:06AM
Super candid. Looks like "everyone" is being watched or watched out for.

User_Removed 12 7 8 Netherlands
26 Oct 2007 10:22AM
Good candid Bill. I could do without the all too obvious colour repetition in the frame though, it makes this 'beautiful', which it isnt. It's a good street candid. Cheers, Bert
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
26 Oct 2007 10:52AM
simple understated street photography which actually says more than countless posed shots
Herge88 11 40 4 England
26 Oct 2007 11:05AM
Looks more like his Grandmother to me, and a chap in the pub looking at you.

Best Matt
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 11:32AM
Ten out of ten for this candid. (I think they're keeping a look out for Gary Lineker.)
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
26 Oct 2007 12:09PM
Splendid candid capture. The bloke inside the pub helps to make the composition. Well done!

Mikelane 11 1 Wales
26 Oct 2007 12:36PM
Great candid bill and your description is superblol Well capt .
pmaclll 12 5 Scotland
26 Oct 2007 12:48PM
the boys face reflects how I feel when out shopping
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
26 Oct 2007 1:13PM
A splendid capture--- love your explanation!

TyChee 13 275 1 United States
26 Oct 2007 1:20PM
Great capture. That guy in the window looks like he's watching you. Smile
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
26 Oct 2007 2:30PM
Their faces say it all - and an added touch is the spectator position inside looking at you!
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 3:34PM
Good capture
Lots of body language here and with an onlooking observing you too!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
26 Oct 2007 4:05PM
Thats good detail indoors Bill.Good comp with the two sitters looking into the space at right.And of course,plenty lines too.A good street candid here.Nice one Bill.
26 Oct 2007 6:05PM
A double edge here Bill. The two who are waiting, and the interest in the pub window. Nice capture.

John Smile
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 6:49PM
Love the text Bill..just right . I think the gentleman inside might have wondered what you were up to..he looks very suspicious. Great candid shot.
Nettles 11 England
26 Oct 2007 7:09PM
My, they look fed up.
Great capture Bill, and good luck with the weekend.
Hope you get some great shots to show us.
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
26 Oct 2007 8:14PM
Well captured Bill, they both look so fed up.
Love all the reflection in the window, & I think that man saw what you were doing Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 9:35PM
Your creative imagination makes the image. The man in the window made me jump, he looks just like my dad, now passed !
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
26 Oct 2007 10:16PM
Splendid candid; your scenario fits their expressions perfectly.
imagio 11 12 1 England
27 Oct 2007 9:01AM
Excellent candid Bill, your play on words is greatly appreciated and funny.

BertC 11 29 Malta
27 Oct 2007 5:48PM
Excellent capture ...
Mounters 11 85 2 England
27 Oct 2007 6:09PM
Great shot stunning capture. Hope the weekend goes well
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
28 Oct 2007 12:21AM
Excellent shot Bill. Nice story to.
RobinF 11 83 1 England
28 Oct 2007 6:58AM
Another great candid and another great description Bill - it's always a pleasure! Hope the visit goes according to plan and have fun.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
28 Oct 2007 7:08PM
an excellent candid and a good description

nobby2sheds 11 50 England
28 Oct 2007 8:46PM
Super candid, who is watching who?

A Booth 16 11 4 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 7:12PM
excellently composed candid.
newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 3:41AM
great candid bill the fella sitting in the pub looks menacing, you'll need a holiday now after running round after the french the last 4 days lol.

JudeC 11 6 3 England
30 Oct 2007 7:10AM
Great capture Bill - JudeC
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
30 Oct 2007 10:41PM
No doubt waiting for a lift . A great capture and lovely story . xx
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
31 Oct 2007 12:42PM
Bill my eyes are not so good, when I first opened this I thought the brown parcel was an artificial limb.
My Mam had an artificial limb ( leg ).
Great capture.


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