Continuing on with Romantic Images, we have another from Sudek. Unlike the last image, this one has a person in it. We have the rays of light as we saw with Sabine Weiss, we see the smoke from the man's pipe and the bottles. It appears he is in a bar, alone, and is in deep thought. We can see the shadows of a beard giving us a sense of his age. While not in his youth he if far from old.
His grip on the bottle is not of need but of curiosity. He is reading the label. We can almost picture him sitting board and after serving himself a glass, stops to read the label. Te smoke trails are interrupted by his hat, causing them to swirl around his face before continuing up.There is an archway with some molding just visible. It gives the feel of an establishment, not a home. He still has his hat and coat on, so he might have just stepped inside a few minutes ago.
In the back you can see a hat hanging, indicating that someone else is there. But the man sits alone, bored, coat still on serving himself a drink. Maybe he is leaving work and just stopped for a drink before going home. Maybe he is waiting on someone who is late.
The image gives us a sense of place and time. The light rays, pipe and smoke are all images we have seen countless times. Again we are left remembering something that we never really witnessed but the components of our memory is all there...a bar, a bearded man, pipe, smoke and dark cold winter.
Below is an image I took that reminds me of something very different. I kept this in color but am showing a young man sitting alone. He is a person into fashion but does not want to appear to be a slave to it. You see his round glasses are in line with today's fashion but his 'Waldo' hat says that he does not take himself too seriously. All of it carefully put together. He is taking a drink of his beer, sitting on the patio of a bar. It is bright outside with no shadows, close to noon.
All are little details that help hint at a story. Nothing like Sudek who adds complexity over complexity but the drive is the same. To remind someone of something they have never seen.
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.