Tuesday, January 24, 2006
NATURAL CAFE' Avenue Louise Ixelles, a good street side coffee shop cum Illy flagship store for Brussels. And a regular personal hangout. When alone I prefer the window barstools as I can choose to avoid people altogether and focus on my reading over a steaming Cappuccino.
I love spending long hours in cafes reading or scribbling notes or just people watching. As I always carry the camera I often cannot resist taking a picture. This one is of a mother and daughter spending quality time in an Illy Cafe in Brussels. There is one positive side of the Coffee house culture we developed in Europe. Opposed to the latte in paper cup mania this one needs to be shared. Whether alone or not little matters as ultimately one can share it by just watching people but in all earnest it is the dialogue over a steaming cup that we cherish. It makes me want to revisit Coffee and Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch.
This is another photograph that shows the incredible power of image. I always find the drama, history and tension hidden in such pictures the essence of journalism. The quality of BBC stems from promoting top standards in everything they do. This includes their web-site and the excellent offer of images to match coverage. I could not resist posting this image as it resonates with anybody living in former communist countries. It has a bit of the old fashioned style of propaganda images used in the twenties and thirties. The twist of using St Basil Church as a background instead of the Kremlin and a red star is just perfect for today's Russia. There is melancholy and politics, freezing cold wind and a bit of nostalgia in the picture. Winter in Moscow, and what a winter it is ...