Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Stranger #9 - Celeste, Barista

Celeste works in my favourite coffee house in London. (Flat White in Berwick Street, Soho).

She never seemed to stop moving.... making coffee,delivering coffee or sandwiches to tables etc.... and always with a sunny smile. I was able to persuade her to pause for 20 or 30 seconds to take a couple of pictures. Not sure I could either be that cheerful or work that hard all the time!

You can see her colleague still beavering away at the espresso machine in the background.

This picture is #9 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com

This is the flat white I was drinking while waiting for my sandwich.

Almost every time I come into the café I pick up the book you see from the corner of the magazine stack. It is "Soho Lives" by Catherine Garcia. A fascinating book all about people who live in, work in or regularly visit Soho. For each portrait it names the person in the portrait, gives their role in life, and a 1 line quote from them about Soho. The picture on the left page is actually one of the other Flat White baristas sitting in front of the door of the café I am sitting in. An inspirational book for photographing strangers.
Love this café..... great coffee & food plus a cool bohemian atmosphere. I visit here almost every time I come into London on my infrequent trips

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