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Steal some time

October 21, 2011





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Life has been busy lately. Good, but overwhelming, and I’m easily frazzled. I’m juggling lots of things and trying to keep them all in the air.

But it was bright and cold the other morning and Molly and I woke up early. We visited Rochelle Canteen and ordered hot coffee and eggs on toast. It was quiet in there, the light was perfect and the coffee was good.

There was something restorative about those 45 minutes. I felt like I was able to pause everything and really enjoy the moment. It’s increasingly hard to do that lately, and so I’m going to keep this morning in mind over the coming weeks.

23 Comments
  1. October 21, 2011 11:58 am

    Feelings I can very much relate to, including the ideal solution. For me, it’s breakfast at Trestle on Tenth, and then a meditative walk/shoot on the High Line, long before the tourists arrive. Soothes my soul, and brings me gently into the world. I can then return to it in my head when things get too tense.

    Thanks!

  2. October 21, 2011 12:07 pm

    like the chairs! and of course the photos are always lovely!

  3. October 21, 2011 12:14 pm

    I can get frazzled easily too. A walk along the Thames usually sorts me out when in London, or a long walk over the fields when I’m home in Kent.

    Rochelle Canteen has been on my list for a while. I must get there soon before I move away.

    Cheers, Brian!

  4. October 21, 2011 12:36 pm

    excellent, b – your words and your shots.
    steal some time, indeed.

  5. October 21, 2011 12:49 pm

    I love the atmosphere of the first and third shots.
    It looks like such a simple but very photogenic place. Their chairs are beautiful.

  6. Liz permalink
    October 21, 2011 1:17 pm

    Oh, how I love your pictures.

  7. October 21, 2011 1:32 pm

    Those times are the most precious–when you can stop the world and float in the moment before dropping back down and scurrying along. Loved reading this–beautiful pictures, and it made me take a deep breath. Thank you.
    -Charlotte Wilder

  8. October 21, 2011 2:00 pm

    beautiful calm images & words.

  9. October 21, 2011 2:11 pm

    What very lovely seeing you did in a few quiet stolen moments. Thank you. Really beautiful. And a reminder to savor these moments like little treasures.

  10. October 21, 2011 2:41 pm

    these photos are quite calming, which i need help with these days too. hang in there!

  11. sueysong permalink
    October 21, 2011 2:45 pm

    Beautiful. A morning is my favourite time of the day, naturally.

  12. October 21, 2011 4:40 pm

    Beautiful and calming.

  13. marcos permalink
    October 21, 2011 4:42 pm

    Perfect Brian

  14. October 21, 2011 6:32 pm

    amazing images.

  15. October 21, 2011 8:54 pm

    Beautiful photos Brian, I love the last one especially. I hope that throughout this busy time you are able to take moments like this to catch your breath and feel rejuvenated. Have a great weekend!

  16. October 22, 2011 1:36 pm

    Those precious moments light our darkness.

  17. October 22, 2011 7:27 pm

    Damn, that looks like a strong cup of coffee. Wonderfully calm pictures, Brian!

  18. Danielle Charles permalink
    October 23, 2011 9:09 pm

    Moments of calm can be such treasures, can’t they? Especially with good friends, good coffee and bright autumn light filtering in. I remember now that I found your blog through Molly’s – it seems that all my favorite bloggers are connected together. I wonder how it is that you all met…

    Hope there are more tranquil moments to come for you soon!

  19. October 24, 2011 10:18 am

    quite, pleasant…. I would like to sit there too

  20. October 24, 2011 11:13 pm

    What kind of coffee is that? Was it from a French Press? I haven’t seen it put in a picardie glass like that.

  21. October 25, 2011 12:09 am

    just now noticing the sun spot on the wall mimicking the napkin in the following photo…. gah. awesome.

  22. October 25, 2011 9:40 pm

    These photos in and of themselves are restorative. Lovely work.

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