Today’s WP daily prompt, Imagine all the People, was to observe people from a photo of a public place and imagine their lives.
I remember taking this photo my first afternoon in Madrid. We were sitting at a table at a restaurant outside (you can see the chairs in the foreground). We found a quaint square which was much quieter than the other larger, more popular squares. It felt like a little hideaway and a good place for our tired feet and hungry stomachs.
We were just getting into the routine of the whole tapas and late dinner timing, along with around the clock wine. We were ready for dinner but it was the in-between time (I think it was around 7 pm) when most restaurants seemed to only have versions of ham (jamon) and bread plates available.
As we sat and drank our Albariño wine (lighter, white Spanish wine) and ate our jamon (think prosciutto) and bread, we loved watching these little boys play outside. Looking at this photo, I can hear them giggling and shouting now, and the way their voices bounced off of the walls of the square. At one point their ball even landed in the middle of the tables, which caused even more contagious giggling.
I wondered if their parents were possibly eating at the same cafe? Did these boys live in a nearby building? Was this square their “backyard”? Were any of them brothers? I also wondered about the little boy near the step — was he afraid to jump into the game perhaps because he didn’t know these boys? I could tell he really wanted to jump right in, but he was holding back.
I love this picture and it takes me right back to that exact moment. Photos are marvelous little time machines.
What photo of yours comes to mind which makes you imagine all the people in it?