I remember reading that Winston Churchill’s advice for success included economy of effort. Never stand up when you can sit down, and never sit down when you can lie down.
I was reminded of this again recently when I was on holiday in Palma, Mallorca. It was a very hot August and in addition to relaxing in obvious places like the public beach I regularly came across people reclining in more urban spaces:
Below, a few shots of people resting up in the city centre:
Shortly after returning to the UK the choir I sing with, The London Lucumi Choir, had a gig at the Shambala Festival near Northampton. We were closing the festival, and as the last act we were due to perform at 1am. Here’s a night shot of choir director Daniela catching a moment of restorative relaxation in the hire car in anticipation of our performance:
I’ve gathered a collection of photographs taken in the past year showing rest, relaxation and sleep. The majority of the images were shot in a public, urban space.
Next, more representations featuring sleeping, reclining and relaxing in various London locations. The following images to me all have an element of the surreal:
Below, two different shots of people with their feet up in Coal Drop’s Yard in Kings Cross:
The following images were taken a couple of days before the Coronation of King Charles in May 2023 and feature members of the public resting and waiting by The Mall and St. James’s Park:
Finally couple of photographs shot on London Underground:
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