Women visitors to an old blog, now defunct, commented they could relate to this image, a lot. It is a photo of a common occurrence all over the world. For me, it signifies communication, contact, friendship, helpfulness and also a form of expression. The close huddle of this group of women also told me they were most comfortable with each other. I don’t know the women.
I was in the Black Cat café on this particular rainy Winter’s day, enjoying a drink I’d never had before (a warm apple strudel drink, quite delicious and a unique specialty of the barman), as well as the ambience of a place I’d also never been to before. Kitsch interior design, comfortable couches, on which I was sitting, and observing the sunlight after the rain and what it was doing to the floor-to-ceiling windows, compositionally-speaking — some areas fogged over slightly, rivulets running down, raindrops frozen on the panes, and with interesting shapes and colours coming through from the street outside, in a nice abstract way. As I’m always looking for and seeing new images wherever I am, I carry my compact digital in my handbag for such moments. This day was no different. Ambient light photography is my preferred mode.
These three elegant, mature women came through the door. Took their seats at this table. I observed them closely for the fine details; clothes, jewellery, hair, makeup and so on that told me something about them. What I did notice most particularly is that their spectacles were so now. Their elegance said money and good style habits. They felt comfortable in their skin.
My knack for switching off to nearby conversations meant I was able to concentrate on my own thoughts, but I also quickly took this photo without being obtrusive (they didn’t notice in fact, they were so engrossed in their chat), and occasionally I caught snippets about their work. Colleagues. Professionals. Well paid. Aha, now I understood!