Sunday, 8 November 2009

The boys on the avenue


Frenetic competing passions belie
the low slung comfort of bums on seats;
Assessing horseflesh like bidders in an auction ring
genetically programmed to disrobe the passing talent -
before groping for yet another greasy burger.
Mates - comfortable in their own skin
and their shared world view.

Bondi Junction Mall
Head nod to Patty Smyth for the title

15 comments:

Paula said...

Hee hee! You caught them perfectly - not that they would mind, although, it is funny you seeing them seeing her. Did she see you?

maryt/theteach said...

Julie, excellent commentary on the view! Documentary photography! I love it! :)

brattcat said...

Yup, you nailed it, Julie. Brilliant.

altadenahiker said...

Love those expressions. Wonder if you can catch some women staring. We certainly do it, though not so obviously.

Captain Shagrat said...

You tell a good story, Cheeky, lovely and humerous

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Caught in an unguarded moment judging by the expression on some of their faces. The fellow in the white shirt (top photo) looks as if his team's losing. Ditto for the chap standing up.
You have a very good way with words - you should become a writer.:-)
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diane said...

Gosh you have a great way with words. You made me laugh "genetically programmed to disrobe the passing talent" ha ha.
I wonder why they don't have their bums on proper part of the seat. Maybe so they don't get looked down on.

Virginia said...

Oh what a great set. I think I might have ogled a few in Paris just like that !!! Don't tell.
V

Stine in Ontario said...

Boyys on the avenue, eh? You made me smile.

This is great how you started out in Black and white, the two heads looking in the same direction, then changing to colour.

J said...

Looks like the guy eating the sandwhich is thinking of someting intense! The philosophy of chicken mayonnaise perhaps?

Joan Elizabeth said...

"Mates - comfortable in their own skin and their shared world view" ... for me a good summary of the scene.

Susan said...

Two great views...three really if you count the boy bums! Excellent post

Mirela said...

Great shots! For whatever reason these photos make them very manly (sitting manner? eating manner?)...

Julie said...

I think it is the way that they are sitting which we find of interest. I agree with Diane, they are sitting like that because to sit normally means that passersby are looking down on them and they lose some of their "power" - they become susceptible.

Means though that the seating capacity is halved!!

Vogon Poet said...

It seems I'm the first 'boy' to comment this!
OK, it looks familiar and very Italian, even if it is in Sydney. I admit that I've done this countless times, many years ago. It was fun and I am not sorry for that...
P.S. - We didn't have beches but a 'muretto' (low wall).