Wednesday 8 August 2007

Cafe Rouge, Strand on the Green (for Richard) - # 193

Richard at is a great inspiration for me, because he is an fine photographer whose pictures, mainly in B & W, "speak" to me in a special way, personal to me.

Richard loves Strand on the Green near Richmond and I am in the process of collecting several shots for him.

There are few atmospheres and "ambiances" more enjoyable than the old-style French cafe. "Cafe Rouge" replicates this nicely, and at Strand on the Green they have found a suitable building to work the magic for us. Admire the little decorative motif around the edge, and appreciate the way the designers have sympathetically cleaned up and presented the 1900s "corner triangle" style building.

I tried this in B&W, but it didn't work so well. It needs the warm red. I wonder how Richard would have captured it.


  1. This is a nice photograph. I am sure he will be pleased with this one.

    Abraham Lincoln
    Brookville Daily Photo

  2. As Abraham, I'm sure not only Richard will be pleased.

    From a Paris point of view I appreciated to read that few places "are more enjoyable than the old-style French caf�. Fortunately there are a few of them left also here!

  3. I like the way the door is set. I suppose this is the corner triangle you mean?

    This is one of those difficult shots, isn't it, with strong sunshine on one side, and a dimly (in comparison) lit interior.

  4. Ahhh.. I was hoping to see the Bull's Head maybe, but I like the Cafe Rouge chain of restaurants. I think you are right about the B+W. Some people think turning any photo into B+W makes it look artsy, but not every image works well in monochrome.

  5. Been back here to have another look - I realised I hadn't really noticed the angle from which the photo's taken. Makes all the difference i think from a straightforward building "mugshot". Someone once said that the interesting thing about a photographers choice of image was not that he had taken what he had, but that he had chosen it out of a thousand other possibilities