Upstairs in The Victoria Tea Room, Penzance, Cornwall; 25 Apr 2012.

We returned yesterday from a few days in the far southwest of Cornwall, based between Penzance and St Ives.  And in a week of awful weather all over England we were far enough southwest to miss it all – it only rained at night, and the days were dry and even sunny!

Whenever we’re in Penzance we always visit this tearoom.  Amongst many other tasty goodies it serves up 11 item English breakfasts – which I hold a profound reverence for – and we like to sit beside the windows upstairs, looking out over Penzance’s main street.

In this cafe there are many bentwood chairs in a beautiful green, and the place has an over all low key, Minimalist, green and grey decor that I like very much.  This cup and saucer provided a good foil for its low key surroundings, and the chairbacks on the right resemble the curving stems of some exotic plant.

The first post in this series on chairs, which contains context and an image, can be found hereSubsequent posts are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  9  10  11 12Each will open in a new window.

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Technique: Canon G11 PowerShot; 400 ISO.

UPDATE: this excellent eatery has closed down – a great loss.  And while I’m talking about this image – I can say that its a great favourite of mine.  I have always loved its vast simplicity.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

18 Responses to STILL LIFE 197 – LOOKING AT CHAIRS 13

  1. Sallyann says:

    Nice, it’s always a shame when something of favourite goes away, what have they put in the tearooms place?


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well I can’t remember, because that Update was itself sometime back – I think it was another café, but it didn’t register much so I don’t suppose it was anything special. Hope that you got through the snow etc ok. It was reasonably bad here but we simply stayed in. A 🙂

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      • Sallyann says:

        We had one really bad day here.. In the middle of two half days, and everybody was stunned. Apparently it hasn’t snowed in Weymouth for well over ten years. 😊
        Glad you weathered the storms safely though. 😊

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    What a beauty this is, Adrian. That chair in the foreground adds so much. I like the way the cup is turned over, and the palette is very, very nice. Sounds like you had a nice trip – clever of you to miss the storm! Oh, oops, I think the trip was six years ago…


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, the trip was 6 years ago 😀 !!!! Things are gradually returning to normal here weatherwise, we weathered this short but very sharp (for us) cold snap by getting provisions in in advance and simply staying indoors. I enjoy walking very much, but the thought of slipping over and then possibly having ongoing problems (for weeks maybe) stopped me.

      Very glad you like the picture, its a favourite of mine too. A 🙂


  3. LensScaper says:

    I love the soft colours in this shot and the composition is unusual but works so well.


  4. There is something calming about this photograph. I appreciated its simplicity, colors, and composition, but that sweet feeling came first. Bravo!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Linda, I’m so glad you find this image calming – it does the same to me; maybe is the muted colours and rounded shapes – thank you for your good words. Adrian 🙂


  5. athyfoto says:

    Love the composition and colours.


  6. Lovely colour and curves.


  7. geezer94 says:

    Very, very impressive collection of captures. g


  8. Meanderer says:

    Ah – one of my favourites, and I have a large jpeg from you to prove it 🙂

    Shame it closed. Little independent eateries (and other types of indie shoppery) are precious.


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