Jesse Pollock, founder of Unpiano Books, was merely scraping the surface of Arthur Pollock's oeuvre when he decided to publish a collection of his father's pictures in 2011. Arthur spent many years traveling around New England and the Midwest as a news photographer, and currently works as a photo editor at the Boston Herald. The book features 200 images from an archive of more than 10,000, taken over Arthur's 30+ year career.
I stared at this particular picture for a loooooong time. Then I scrolled through the rest of the collection. Then I came back to this one. There is just so much in this image that I simply adore. I adore the men's expressions. I adore the peaceful coexistence of these two humans sharing a moment over coffee. I love that this could have been caught during a lull in a conversation, during small talk over the weather, or even just interrupting a quiet moment. I love the subway tile in the old donut shop and the retro diner feel.... I found the whole scene reminiscent of the images of segregated eateries, but delightfully friendly and peaceful for a change!
(All photos: © Arthur Pollock)
Of course, there is a chance I'm totally misreading it, but isn't art meant for personal interpretation?!
Are there any pictures that you can't get enough of? What stirs your inner feels??