Waiting (Day 10)

Yup. It’s still 30 days of Photographs II. There are 20 more days left. Twenty agonizing days. Click to see the  list of themes. Then run, screaming, into the night.

We blame these two: Ziva, MikeWJ And here are the other brave souls that got roped into this madness: Mo, Meleah nonamedufus, Unfinished Person, Mariann, Malisa, Nora, LaughingMom, Tanya, Elizabeth A, Kristen , Cheryl, Katherine, and 00Dozo.


Mike – Purgatory is probably a lot like public transit.

The Purgatory of Public Transit

Nicky – His next customer is late and  may or may not show up. But on a gorgeous spring day that feels like summer, he doesn’t seem to mind waiting.

man drinking coffee, hair stylist, sitting outside, waiting for customer

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  • Great depictions of waiting you guys.

    Mike: I see you’re a little more in focus today. Looking forward to tomorrow.

    Nicky: I see your focus is a little behind.

    Did you guys see me waving at you on the weekend while I was in Montreal? I don’t know where you guys live so people thought I was pretty weird walking around waving. It was like physical turrets.

  • Mike – I have ALWAYS felt that way about public transportation.

    Nicky –  Is he yawning?

  • I think he’s drinking a cup of coffee. 🙂

  • Mike: I like the almost smoggy effect of the photo.

    Nicky: For this being agonizing, you’re doing pretty well with the themes each day. However, I agree some of these have been downright…hard. I thought this was supposed to be fun.

  • Maybe he’s waiting for his wife to come out of the salon. There’s always plenty of waiting there, too. This photo makes me feel warm just looking at it. 

  • I like the juxtaposition of your two photos today – one being impatiently waiting and the other leisurely waiting!!

  • Mike, I know you will think I’m nuts…oh, you already do??? OK but I think public transportation would be Heaven.  I live in a city with 3 million people and there isn’t anything in the way of PT except a few busses. 

    Nicky,  What I nice example of waiting.  What’s better than a little coffee break?

  • I really like both of your photos today. They both tell a certain story
    and capture a feeling, they’re so much more than just snapshots. I love them!

  • Both of you have wonderful photos today.  Actually, the public transit thing looks just like it does here.  I really never minded it because I could read, doze, or chat with friends while commuting.  Of course parking is about $20 an hour in San Francisco, so that was not an option anyway.

    Sipping a coffee in the sun on a nice day is not really waiting, it’s the best part of living!

  • Oh… I can’t tell!

  • Both of these are great. I particularly like the second because I can immediately think of more emotions and feelings involved. Sure, most of those emotions and feelings start with the word ‘coffee’ and end with the word ‘croissant’ but still, I can relate.

  • I’ve never been good at waiting…tap, tap, tap.   I am enjoying your take on the picture prompts.  Only 20 more to go.

  • Mike, I agree and that’s why I love my car.  I would fight for it if necessary.  Nicky, I love that shot of some random guy.

  • Both of these shots are great. 

    CheesyMike:  This reminds me of the blurriness I would feel waiting for the train after a long day at work.


    Nicky: If only having to wait was always so carefree.


  • Mikewj

    Mike: I hate waiting — for people, buses, Godot, you name it.  Waiting is for losers. The advent of smart phones and iPads (apphole — saved you the trouble, Nicky) has helped a lot, though. Now, I can do valuable things like comment on blogs while I’m waiting, instead of stand around picking my nose and scratching my arse.

    Nicky: I think this is your best photo of the non-competition so far. That man looks so Canadian, and I think I might know why he caught your attention. 🙂

  • You know, Dufus, it would be easier to see you waving at us if we knew you were coming!! 🙂

  • Thanks, Bryan. I may exaggerate… slightly! 🙂

  • I don’t bother with much of the apps on my Nexus, but the camera is pretty good. Also gives me something to do when I’m waiting for a subway. Sometimes I’ll read on my phone because really, who carries an actual book anymore?

  • Thanks, Double-O. I knew it would come out blurry because the lighting is so horrendous in the subway. I was aiming for a sort of 2D painting effect. Not sure if got it, I was just happy to get day 10 done 🙂

  • That’s all? I thought for sure we were halfway there by now.

  • Parking is madness in the city, so I use the subway or my bike most of the time. For mega errands and long distances though: car wins!

  • I really appreciate our public transit system. If you’re not taking it during rush hour, it feels extremely convenient and stress free. 

  • Nope. He works there. I think he may even own the salon. I took the picture while waiting at a red light and just prior to snapping the shot, he was telling another stylist where to find the hot rollers. 🙂

  •  I was impatiently waiting at a red light when I saw him. He looked so relaxed, it was contagious!

  •  Thanks, Cheryl and thanks for the perfect scores!

  •  You really like both of our pictures today? Because normally you only really like mine, right? 🙂 Thanks Lemmikki!

  • Wait…3 million? And not much in the way of PT? I can’t imagine the traffic. People like to complain about our system because it does break down on occasion. But it is vast and very clean. Sure, there is the waiting but overall, my commute downtown takes me 15-20 min.

  • I didn’t even think about that. And our subways come on average every 6 minutes. We’re very spoiled to complain about the wait 🙂

  • I second that!

  •  I almost pulled over to join him, but I don’t like coffee 🙂

  •  Thanks, Mo… glad you can relate 🙂

  •  I’m pretty impatient myself, Linda! But he had a very calming effect on me.

    Yes, only 20 left to go 🙂

  •  Thanks Nora! I almost used him for A Stranger, but I really liked it better for Waiting.

  • Thank you Mike, although I was quite partial to the picture of the duck. And the cat, of course. As for what caught my attention, I don’t suppose you’ll believe me but it was actually the sign above him.

  • I think I know what you were trying to do – kinda like a watercolour effect?  No worries, it’s still a good shot.


  • Mike: Cool shot of those droids.

    Nicky, do you make a habit of photographing men’s buttocks? PleaseSayYes, PleaseSayYes, PleaseSayYes.

  •  LOL! I’m sorry to say I don’t Cheryl, but for you, I may start! 🙂


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