Nicotine Reverie and Other Altered States

Public smoking, for better or for worse, is still around. Walking around London, it’s hard to avoid. Going down the ramp that leads into Paddington, one whole side of the walk is dedicated to public smoking. And people DO use it.

This gent was hanging out in the Knightsbridge area, seemingly lost in thought as he enjoyed his moment of smoke.

On the other hand, it’s not all about cigarette breaks —

Not sure what she was waiting for, but it was a striking profile and I couldn’t resist.

Crossed over the street, heading for the Tube to get out of this over-priced neighborhood and was standing, watching as people came through the covered walkway. His expression of delight was too good to miss:

Though it was Sunday and ostensibly a day of rest for some, there were those who apparently had a long day so far — this, on the way in from Heathrow on the Picadilly line, sitting across from me, almost in a trance:

Even Pikachu was being busy today —

The neighborhood around Harrod’s is utterly insane… I wasn’t the only photographer working today:

Actually, she was the model and he was taking the photos. The real heroes were doing their thing, just as they do everyday:

and over at Samer’s Delivery Service, there was no job too big to handle:

There’s more, but I’m trying a slightly different workflow today — transferring images directly from the camera and editing the page on the iPad… of course, the beauty of the JPEGs straight out of the Olympus PEN-F make it really easy. All the images here were done using the Olympus 45mm ƒ/1.8 prime lens. It’s a perfect match on the PEN-F, compact enough to put in a jacket pocket. I’ve found myself walking around with it and the 17mm ƒ/1.8, switching back and forth from working close to having a little more distance.

So, until next time, a bientôt!

Author: alfonsoelsabio

Citoyen du monde: Photographer, librarian/archivist/academic, musician, and writer... I've lived in, or visited, every state in the US except South Dakota and Hawaii.