People

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People

I’m having another go at the ‘weekly prompts’ today, which is People. I’ve always had a fascination
about benches and complete strangers that visit them.

A Thing About Benches

When I lived in Birmingham, there were plenty of opportunities for people watching. Thousands of people passing by every hour and all you had to do was find a spot and watch. I must add that I have a thing about benches, (I know, weird or what?) and if only they could talk. It’s amazing how people use them. Some just want to rest for five minutes, others want to ponder and to some, a bench has become a bed for the night. A simple seat will see more of life in a day than most of us will in a lifetime. Now there’s a thought.

Wherever You Go, It’s The Same

It’s the same the world over. Night or day, strangers sit themselves down, feed the birds, read a book, worry, meet others, the list is endless. I’ve done it myself although I have never known anyone watch me. Of course, you can watch people doing all sorts of things besides sitting on a bench. It’s just that I find the concept of a bench offering solitude in the madness of a hectic life a fascinating thought.

Lives Change

How many romances have started on a bench? How many have ended? For every situation, there is always the direct opposite, or so it seems. No two days are the same, although it’s a worrying situation that the rise in homelessness has seen many benches being used as temporary accommodation! I’ve tried to include some of my favourite people photographs that I have taken over the years of people watching. They were taken in New York, Birmingham and Wales.

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18 Comments
  • Sue W
    May 18, 2019

    It worked Trev! I love the photos you’ve chosen too. A couple of sleepyheads there. I wonder who they are, really get us thinking doesn’t it. Thank you for joining our challenge again 🙂

    • admin
      May 18, 2019

      Glad it worked today, Sue. Yes, I blurred their faces as you never know. I do find it fascinating. Catching someone in a moment of time when we have no idea what they are going through and how their lives continued.

  • librepaley
    May 18, 2019

    The bench: all life is there. Great article and lovely images. Makes me think of a time, on a city break for instance, when you are foot sore and spy a bench up ahead, and Oh joy it has a space on it, and you sit and watch the place go by before you are ready to join it once more.

    • admin
      May 18, 2019

      Thank you, libre, when you have a bench, you have the universe as someone once said to me.

  • rugby843
    May 18, 2019

    I like the top photo, but the others look sad to me.

    • admin
      May 18, 2019

      Thank you, Rugby. They probably are sad, or tired or troubled, but I hope they were able to sort out any troubles by sitting for 5 minutes. When you see people sitting on a bench, the majority of them always look troubled or at the very least, sad.

  • Paulie
    May 18, 2019

    Nice post. Funny how sad people seem to gravitate to a bench. I guess I’ve done that myself. There’s a bench by nearby San Pablo Bay that looks over the water. It’s my go to bench.

    • admin
      May 18, 2019

      Thank you, Paulie. Benches do seem to be a go-to place for many people.

  • Peter's pondering
    May 18, 2019

    I always find it sad when I happen across a bench in memory of someone, when the bench has fallen into disrepair.

    • admin
      May 19, 2019

      Indeed, Peter, like an unkept grave.

  • roninjax
    May 18, 2019

    Benches could sure tell some tales about life. 🙂

    • admin
      May 19, 2019

      They surely could, Ron 😀

  • luisa zambrotta
    May 19, 2019

    Nice post and lovely photos to 😊

    • admin
      May 19, 2019

      Thank you Luisa, that’s very kind of you.

  • June Lorraine Roberts
    May 20, 2019

    Nice post and wry observations 🙂

    • admin
      May 20, 2019

      Thank you, June.

  • Emperor Publishing LLC
    June 8, 2019

    Nice post, and great photos to go with them.

    • admin
      June 8, 2019

      Thank you, Lena for the kind words.




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