Monday, 26 September 2011

Waiting for the 327


As I leant over the pedestrian overpass, waiting for a train to come from Edgecliff station, I watched this gentleman shuffle toward me. I no longer know what 'elderly' means, the closer I get to it. He acknowledged my gaze, doffed his hat, and continued on down to the bus stop. He probably remembers when he had to wait for the tram on Bayswater Road. A young man, with his life ahead of him. Dressed to the nines, to meet his girl for an evening of dancing and merriment at Chequers.

16 comments:

Kate said...

He is still "dressed to the nines" and has the demeanor of a gentleman. Haven't had anyone doff their hat to me in a long time. Perhaps I'm hanging around the wrong people?

Margaret said...

It's nice to hear that there are still classy gentlemen around!

Mark said...

They don't make them like this anymore..Maybe he is also off to a meet a lady friend at a Cahill's Coffee Shop?

Ann said...

Definitely a "gentleman". Took a while to register that its a reflection behind him.

The don't make Cahill's Coffee Shops anymore either, Mark.

Dianne said...

You've caught him elegantly posed -and meticulously attired - shoes of fine Italian leather I would say.
Elderly but dignified!
Well captured Julie!

Bob Crowe said...

Somehow this feels like a combination of the Blues Brothers and a statue of James Joyce in Dublin.

Princess Sarah said...

Yes I agree, there is still a gentleman around. He looks cute I guess.

Bacolod and Beyond

Erik said...

I was coming back here to peruse your photos after I looked at a few yesterday. Yesterday I was struck by how well you compose an image. Today, I just saw this man and thought, "awesome."

J Bar said...

Great story for the gent.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Jilly said...

Wonderful shot! I adore your candid photography in particular.

Peter said...

Looks like a jazz player from New Orleans

brattcat said...

and i imagine he still sees that young man when he thinks of himself. what a fabulous portrait, julie, and what a poignant post.

Joan Elizabeth said...

You have done this gentleman justice with this image - a very positive picture of 'elderly'.

Joe said...

I only hope I look half as good when I am his age.

Rae Walter said...

Beautiful portrait and capture of the everyday moments of life Julie.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Love this shot Julie, the way his jacket is a little big for him now, the folds in his trousers and the way he's placed his feet. A gentleman indeed and a classically beautiful image.