“Untitled, London 2020” by Sam Benari

This photograph is a part of Through The Window street collection. Taken in Central London in early 2020, only weeks before the pandemic brought central London to a halt, it captured the beauty in one of the mundane moments that we missed so much later in that year.

The expression on her face while being served and the way the reflection worked with the light, caught my attention while passing by, enough to bring up the camera and take the shot before her attention and her expression changed again.

Many of the photographs are blending both sides of the window into a single reality, attempting to capture the beauty both sides of the glass and the frozen moment. I don’t always have the chance to plan the shot too much and in some of them, like here, the gods of street photography need to do their magic and just create the moment for me to take away.

Many of these photographs were taken with a combination of Leica and Fujifilm cameras (Q2, X100 and X-Pro). Having a small reliable tool in hand that doesn’t draw too much attention is a big help and knowing that it will continue to deliver the expected results without too much effort makes these little cameras a treasure for this type of work.

I do love this part of London and spend large time of my free time wondering around and trying to capture some of the spirit of this great city with its endless variety of places, people and magic moments.

I continue to work on the Through The Window project and hope to publish it at some point once it is ready.

What do you think are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

The woman’s expression, the way the reflection works with the waiter and the monochrome work on this photo are making it for me.

If you would be able to make this photo once again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?

I would get more of the internal lighting of the place

Sam Benari shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.


Sam Benari, Cambridge, United Kingdom


Equipment and settings

Fujifilm X-Pro2 + Fujinon XF23mm F2 WR

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