Huidenvettersplein, Brugge, Belgium.
The chef looked a little non-plussed by the attitude of his waiter. We didn't eat here, so I can't say whether the outburst was justified!
Huidenvettersplein in early 14th century was occupied by tanners. In the 15th century this came to an end because of the bad smell. Afterwards, the Huidenvettersplein was used as a fish market. Maybe the smell was slightly better. There are fish restaurants there to this day, as you can see; not selling 15th century fish I hope, though maybe that was the waiter's complaint. In the second half of the 20th century the fishmarket moved round the corner and stalls selling souvenirs, drawings and paintings, for the growing tourism in Brugge arrived. The square along both sides could be closed with gates, but soon this was prohibited by the city of Brugge. The square can be reached from the Burg through Blinde-Ezelstraat (which my google translation from Flemish, rendered as Invisible Donkey Street, which I rather like), and on the other side, through the Braambergstraat or Rozenhoedkaai. Due to its closed nature and dimensions it feels more like a courtyard than a real public place.
I hope they patched up their quarrel: it looks a pleasant enough restaurant.
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ACL1978 (7511) 2012-06-21 8:08
Nice framing, and you caught them at the right moment with clear oppositional gestures and facial expressions. Good clear contrast and action.
jester5 (2024) 2012-06-21 12:54
Good choice of black and white Will,it helps concentrate on the the main subject. The chef does look rather bemused and one can only wonder why he didn't notice you and what exactly the waiter was annoyed about.
Excellent 'of the moment' shot.
emka (98854) 2012-06-21 23:25
Hi Will, Interesting scene, what could be the reason of the quarrel? Funny you noticed it. I do not know Flemish but I suppose it is "Under Golden Carp". With light and shadows here it has pleasant summer atmosphere. Good option of black and white, we concentrate on the people here.
CLODO (34552) 2012-06-24 2:42
Nice street scene with a (false?) story behind. they seem to argue, and the waiter hands are self explaining!
I find your shot too dull, and so it gives me the opportunity to try a WS.
Sonata11 (33863) 2012-06-24 22:00
great captured this scene of daily life. I like color B&W for this image. Wonderfully execution with great contrast, sharpness, and very clear quality of this photo. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
bayno (18344) 2012-06-27 22:07
looks like a vintage photo also because there are no cars or things that bring us back to our age, exquisite the B & W tones and entirely agree with the choice, excellent sharp...nice job...
have a good day...
abmdsudi (54607) 2012-06-27 22:41
Excellent choice in black and white and the pov makes us focussing straight to the guys and the 'den gouden karple' sign. This place has alot of charm with its antique looking facade and, a very evocative and wonderful insight of this. The crop invites viewers to explore with lots of interest that have a special enchanment about them and the feel is remarkable. I do feel the light and shadows further add to the beauty and depth with excellent tonal contrast. Well done by using the two figs as strong props to liven this shot which make street-people photography always exciting. Timely trigged and unnoticed appears so natural. Great write up as always. Congrats
Juzo (4203) 2012-07-02 4:39
Yes..neighbours toady :) And you know me too well that I spotted the B&W image from your recent ones hehe.
This is so timeless, even down to the way these guys look. Such an everyday moment makes street photography so interesting.
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (10908)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2010-02-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Food
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Will's monochromes, Will's street snaps, Encounters and conversations [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-21 7:45