Pull Up a Chair

Pull Up a Chair

Now I know, as an author, I should be able to put into words why I like this picture so much.

But I can’t quite figure it out. What do you think? Do you like it? If so, what is its pull for you?

Maybe I just want to sit a spell.


In the tiny street by one of those beautiful doors in the vieux village of Mougins near the Côte d’Azur. Yes, although you can’t see it here, the scent of jasmine is in the air.

  • I like several things about the photo. First, the subtle, relaxing colors. And the scene speaks of simple pleasures – shade, a chair to sit on, plants to nuture. But there’s nothing complicated or difficult in the picture. Nothing that beeps or rings or makes noise of any kind. No clocks. No pressure. Just a place to sit and enjoy that scent of jasmines.

    October 19, 2007 at 4:17 am
  • Y’know, what makes the shot for me is the presence of the watering can. Without it, I think the shot would look very static and posed. But the presence of the can, especially combined with the shabbiness of the chair and the little bit of plant litter at its base, makes it look to me like someone just got up to go into the house a minute ago and will be right back. I can almost see a little old man in his gardening clothes, who tends the plants and takes breaks to sit in that chair, smoking nasty-smelling cigarettes and watching the world go by.

    October 19, 2007 at 12:16 pm
  • Laume, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. And Deb, I think you’re right, the watering can makes all the difference–plays into the whole nurturing idea, too. I love it that you can just imagine the person who might sit there.

    October 19, 2007 at 6:23 pm
  • Well even though I’ve never been to France I’d know right away that this is where it was taken! The stone wall gives an old world feel which I love and the bistro chair is so casual and offering a place of rest 🙂 I’d give it three thumbs up…but I only have deux.

    October 21, 2007 at 7:52 am
  • melinda

    This is a well balanced photo and would make a wonderful painting!

    October 21, 2007 at 10:17 pm
  • What I like about it similar to the others- but I had to go back and look for the watering can after it was mentioned- it is cute! The green tarnish on the metal pipe, the old faded, paint-chipped chair, the re-spackled wall, and the melange of old pots and healthy plants just makes it homey and cozy. I love the jade in the background- my plant has never gotten that tall, but it is one of my favorite plants. And you almost can smell ocean and invision a little old man, maybe smoking a long pipe, or just sitting back and observing a game of petanque. Very artistic photo, I must commend you on it. Looks relaxing and inviting!

    January 4, 2008 at 7:08 pm

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