Regarding that first picture... When J & I were in Santa Monica last month, we saw that same kind of chair cluster in lieu of normal street benches. I remarked that they looked weirdly antisocial, like you wouldn't have to actually share a bench with someone; instead, you'd each have your own separate chair.J then suggested that they are "broken benches" designed so that homeless folks can't lie down and sleep on them. I think he might be exactly right.
After the first time I came back from Mexico, where ever town has its central plaza filled with benches for everyone in town to use for socializing - and they did - I noticed that on the town common where I lived here in New England there were exactly four benches, each at a far-flung corner of the park.Anyway, these photos are wonderful in their solitude or loneliness, however you see them.
I particularly like the first one. So bizarre. And a great viewpoint.
gosh these are so evocative of London - a certain quality of London
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