Working in London a few years ago I had a self imposed photo assignment stage of taking images I would paint ‘one day’.
The plan for this series was to capture groups of workers hanging about on a break – which seemed to be a fairly regular thing.
This was alongside my scaffolding photo assignment stage.
Anyway this one was snapped in that wonderful little strip Strutton Ground which cuts through between Westminster and Victoria.
There are some things I like about this image now I look again. Aside from the men in their classic poses vs the women striding purposefully by – I think the numbers, the cups and the Polish flag hooked on the roof lend a bit of graphic to the story.
This was taken at the time of the 2006 World Cup and Strutton Ground was home to a number of Polish pastry makers. Good for them – bad for me. I could never ride through Strutton Ground without buying a slab of apple crumble.
No doubt the little cafe being refitted is now a Starbucks.