CAFE CLOSED

I’m a great lover of the mundane, (or ordinary), moments I see in Melbourne’s CBD.  Somehow, capturing a small space, or person/people going about their everyday lives, in a photo, seems so much more than the sum of the whole street scene before my naked eye.  The following 2 photos are of the same little café, but I couldn’t decide which image I liked best. Both look a little soft in focus as I had the shutter speed far too slow for a hand-held shot in the dimly lit arcade.  I can’t normally hold the camera still below a shutter speed of about 1/40.  The images below were at 1/8.

I love the stillness of the empty café with no human life visible.  I love the soft light as Darkness falls.  I love the suggestion that the day has ended and everyone has gone home to rest and recover from their activity.

In their own little space.

Slowing down.

Feeding their Body.

Calming their Mind.

Replenishing their Soul.

I cannot imagine the internal workings of people who live at a frenetic pace 24/7.  If I didn’t have time to Think – sit in Silent Contemplation, or listen to the Wind outside my window, I wouldn’t feel fulfilled or content.

Not many people seem to be comfortable with their own company these days.  They are always ‘plugged in’ to a piece of modern technology that ‘talks’ and ‘entertains’ them.  Well, in the inner city, anyway.

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7 thoughts on “CAFE CLOSED

  1. I like the stillness in the shots too. I agree with you about the pace of life and being plugged in all the time just being too much. I think more and more people are going to burn out eventually. Great shots!

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    1. It’s not until you slow down and simplify your life that you realise how beneficial it can be.

      I have a theory that human bodies are going to change over time in the future. For a start, humans are going to all have different thumbs as they use them so much for texting etc 😀

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  2. This is so true “Not many people seem to be comfortable with their own company these days.” but when they get lost in that ‘nothingness’ that is their own mind, a whole new world opens up. Love this post!

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