Walking down narrow Angel Lane in Penrith I spotted the man in the panama hat entering the chip shop. Something about the scene made me smile. It was the very English 'chippie' and the very English panama hat wearing man, yet these are not a natural pairing. I would more likely think 'strawberries and cream' if you were to say 'panama hat' to me. I went back there today as I thought I would have a cup of tea in the café and perhaps take another photo to post on the Facebook page " Café Society". But I didn't as the smell of frying chips (usually a smell that makes me feel very hungry) repelled me as I had eaten elsewhere and was not the least bit hungry.
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rbassin (15044) 2013-08-30 12:02
Une superbe photo, un brin d'humour qui est bien vu.
Titre intéressant, bien cadré sur cette devanture de café, et le panama.
danos (80921) 2013-08-30 12:07
nice the snapshot with the man with the panama hat to be in the green painted ship shop.I like the brilliant light of the scene,the note about the scene as the excellent presentation.
tyro (17246) 2013-08-30 14:07
An interesting note you have written - I quite agree that the smell of frying fish and chips can be very off-putting when you've just had a meal but when you're hungry, the smell is simply divine!
A very well seen and taken photograph. The fellow sporting a grey suit and Panama hat does look a bit incongruous in the "chippie" and you've caught him very well.
The light and colours are excellent and your light management is superb too - very difficult to balance the bright outdoor light with the much darker environment in the café. Your composition is excellent too with all the elements pleasingly placed in the frame.
P.S. Did you know that Panama hats did not originate in Panama at all, but in Ecuador?
AROBN54 (11471) 2013-08-30 21:17
Oh, Bev, what a well spotted scene!
If you didn't say where it was I would have thought Cuba or Puerto Rico. Marvelous color, detail and sharpness, madly nice exposure to capture both the inside and out, and a very nattily dressed subject. That is really cool! Many thanks and warmes wishes,
SnapRJW (26978) 2013-08-31 1:04
Hello Bev - This is an incongruous pairing, well spotted! I haven't eaten fish and chips from a chip shot for years, we are off to Ireland soon and I think I may dress up for a dinner out just like this gentleman! I love all the little details here but sad to see no newspaper, only polystyrene, health and safety I guess. A lovely, well managed shot. Have a super weekend. Rosemary
Noel_Byrne (17131) 2013-08-31 3:56
I know the feeling of the smell of frying chips, its something that makes me feel ill too, and here in Ireland we have chippers everywhere, so its hard to escape. Great scene of this most unusual pairing, like you say two things so quintessentially English, but not often scene together. Like the Queen on a London Bus, both very English, but not often seen :)
I like the popping colors of this scene too, and the perfect angle you got on the man as he ordered his food. Perhaps the strawberries and cream had run out and the only option left was fish and chips!
All the best
holmertz (34563) 2013-08-31 5:37
It's certainly the green wall that mainly catches my attention. Since I'm not so much into the British dress code I wouldn't have reacted so strongly to the hat, but now that you have pointed it out I guess a baseball cap, preferably flipped around, would have been more expected in a place like this. I like this picture for the combination of colour, customer, signs and other details.
There was a time, very long ago, when the mere thought of fish & chips, wrapped in printed broad-sheet paper, made me want to go to England. As the years have passed my culinary preferences have moved in other directions and now I can understand that you were put off by the smell of frying chips.
saxo042 (35788) 2013-08-31 6:28
A very fine daily life picture. An interesting customer, with a fine hat, but what I like more here are the very pleasant colours. There is both an harmony and a balance between the those chairs and the "Café Open"-sign, all against the very green wall. But of course the man adds both interest and curiosity.
annjackman (16775) 2013-09-01 22:35
I love this old-fashioned looking chippie with its smart green paintwork hiding what looks a rather more disorganised and bland interior. The suited gent with the Panama hat does indeed look rather out of place. Very well observed and taken.
Kind Regards, Ann
Periko (1885) 2013-09-03 15:11
I saw small shops like this one in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Interesting details shown here with nice colors.
mesutilgim (76704) 2013-09-08 12:48
Very nice capture ! Simple but very beautiful with great graphical effect.
TFS and best regards
daddo (21444) 2013-09-10 16:39
Hi Bev. It is as you say an odd juxtaposition. Even the fine suit doesn't go, not in Australia anyway. Usually the white collar mob are more careful about their diet/health. But then there is tradition and expediency at times. I like the paint jog, the name of the place and the homely look. regards. Klaudio.
willperrett (5132) 2013-09-11 7:52
Just the sort of street observational photography I like: simple, undramatic, realistic, slightly quirky, workaday. Good work.