Photographic Micro-Scenes

The atmosphere at the eclectic Misha's coffeehouse in Alexandria could not be any more relaxed.  Leica M9, Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH.
The atmosphere at the eclectic Misha’s coffeehouse and roaster in Alexandria could not be any more relaxed. Leica M9, Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH.

Today was one of those days when I just felt like lugging my Leica for a long walk in Alexandria, but in no particular direction in mind.  For starters, it was one of the nicest days we’ve had in a long time; a sunny day with temperatures that stayed in the low 50’s for a change.  I also got an early start, as there’s something about the empty streets in Alexandria during the early morning hours that seriously appeals to me.  First stop along the way: Misha’s coffeehouse and roaster.  This is a busy place, with people vying for table space as if it were a DC bar on a busy Friday night.  But it was precisely this busy atmosphere that got me thinking about this whole concept of photographic micro-scenes.  Everywhere you looked, people seemed to be in their own micro worlds.  Some read, some talked, and some listened.  Photographic micro-scenes were everywhere, with people inadvertently posing by constantly altering their  body language.  It was all like watching a play with ever-changing scenes and characters.  Everyday art in everyday lives.