From An Old World Restaurant

Years in the restaurant industry helped this catch my eye.  The contrasts in this image illuminate the dichotomy that is a restaurant. Empty chairs and tables close to full ones, clean surfaces next to cluttered ones, sharp, violent tools next to comfortable baskets of bread.  I love that the knife is the darkest piece and the people are the lightest – it’s true if your tool is a wine opener or a knife, the people are the best part.  Centering on this medieval tool used to slice bread also reminds me of the central role(!) bread has occupied for so long, even in Mediterranean diets, and the speed and accuracy it need be portioned for service.  In our changing world, bread’s place at table may be changing, and the contrast of black and white presentation highlights this transition. This photo was taken after a tour of the old building, pieces of which were quarried by the Caesarian Romans, in the inner dining room of an old, quite successful, restaurant in Lyon, France.

2 thoughts on “From An Old World Restaurant

  1. Eric Cook is an amazingly talented and creative artist! I enjoyed his photographs immensely. Their contrast and composition are incredible!

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