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.
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Portraits and people