It’s time for Top Ten Thursday (though this week it’s a day late as I’m very unorganised) and we’re people watching. Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom sets the theme and has given me a legitimate reason to acknowledge that I often take photos of random people.
My top ten is made up of people that we’ve seen over the years that have made me stop and wonder about them and their lives.
1. The first one I don’t have a picture of, but is a man that lived in the same area as us in London and even though we didn’t know his name we nicknamed him Panda as we thought he looked a bit like one. Panda used to come into our local Costa and if the seat he wanted wasn’t free he wasn’t very good at hiding his upset and would sit, uncomfortably, somewhere else whilst glaring at the people in his seat. If we hadn’t seen him for a while we would mention it to each other, and even though we never interacted I always wondered if he had someone at home to look after him.
2. When we used to wander around London we would often come across weddings at the churches or people getting their photos done in picturesque spots. This couple had chosen opposite the Houses of Parliament with tourists everywhere. I always want to know how they got together, what the proposal was like, and for this couple, why they wanted that particular backdrop to their photos.
3. We saw this gentleman at Borough Market on one of our many visits. He was standing in amongst the hustle and bustle just calmly reading his paper with tiny glasses perched on the end of his nose.
4. I have been know to take sneaky pictures so that I can show my beloved something later. I had to take a picture of these shoes as I have no idea how this lady walks in them – they’re huge!! Do you think she has a complex about her height and wants to be taller?
5. I love watching artists at work and I’m always a bit envious of those people that can set up an easel somewhere and just lose themselves in their craft. This gentleman was in Hampstead and was totally absorbed in what he was seeing and recreating.
6. Dreadlocks always make me wonder about the person as it takes a lot of dedication to keep them up and looking good. I loved this ladies hair as it has bits of purple in it and as you know, that is my favourite colour.
7. This man fascinated me as he was asleep on his motorbike in quite a popular area of London with tourists walking past regularly. Was he a tourist himself who is travelling the country on his motorbike, sleeping where he can and just going wherever he wants whenever the mood strikes him?
8. You can barely see the person in this one because he’s standing up to his waste in a freezing cold Scottish Loch!! He’s fishing!! This shows real dedication (or utter craziness) to the hobby (bothering fish) to stand in water for hours. Whenever we see anglers (fish botherers) in a river or a loch we always comment that they must be crazy.
9. I love watching sports mascots as it must be very liberating being to act a bit bonkers with no one knowing who you are. The picture is of Skeeta who is the mascot for the Aussie Rules Team Essendon (who has a mosquito as a mascot?). At the recent athletics championships in London they had Hero the Hedgehog and he was fantastic – doing all sorts of gymnastic moves in a very funny costume. I think I would quite like to have that anonymity for a while.