Coffee through the lens of guest photographers
I recently invited photography enthusiasts to share their pictures for a special Marine Café Blog feature on coffee. It’s a hectic holiday season. What better time to take a respite from the workaday maritime world? Of the nearly 50 photos submitted, six stood out because of their originality, composition and overall impact. They calll to mind the words of the American novelist and poet, Gertrude Stein (1874–1946):
Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.
Untitled © Eleonora Bruscolini
Eleonora Bruscolini of Italy has wonderfully captured the essence of a coffeehouse: a temporary refuge from the noise and bustle of the city and a place where kindred souls can have jovial conversation. The warm glow from the lamps inside evokes a sense of vitality and a congenial atmosphere. Adding to the visual appeal of the photograph is the floral pattern on the window. The picture arouses curiosity and draws the viewer in.
NOTE: Ms. Bruscolini will receive a nominal prize of USD100.
(in no particular order)
Coffee for Two © Sandra Hunjek
A simple black & white photograph can make one pause and take notice. Sandra Hunjek from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, celebrates the joy of coffee with skillful composition and a sense of rhythm.
Dervish at fest/ with flowers / plain coffee © Oya Sanli
Unlike the customary images of coffee, this picture taken by Oya Sanli of Istanbul, Turkey, has a light and buoyant mood. It is a celebratory tribute to the beverage that energised Omar of Arabian lore and primes modern-day dervishes for their whirling dance.
As Life Goes By © Debora Magliaro Sanso
A Paris denizen, Debora Magliaro Sanso knows the pleasure of sitting in a sidewalk café and just watching people go by. This is street photography that is straightforward yet thought-out and filled with human interest.
Untitled © Eugene Rutter
“All that glisters is not gold,” reads a line from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. But this shot by Eugene Rutter, an old salt from Fraserburgh, Scotland, says coffee IS gold. The lighting and colours certainly make the coffee alluring.
An old cabin by the sea roasting coffee for you and me © Victor Lee Graham Fox
Who needs Starbucks with its dreary chrome and plastic furniture? The rustic café shown in this unpretentious but charming photo by Victor Lee Graham Fox from Maine, USA, looks more inviting.
Congratulations to all six photographers and thanks to everyone who responded to my invitation.
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