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Spoon
Spoon

Simple in concept yet great in potential, after stirring together the essential ingredients of the perfect cup of coffee (one cream, two sugars) the spoon is laid to rest on a bed of discarded sugar packets.
Ashtray 2
Ashtray 2

From the lips to the ashtray over and over again the dance is played out. Wafting trails of smoke the only clue to where the cigarette has once been.

Ashtray Inspiration
Ashtray Inspiration

Inspiration strikes. The only refuge is an unused napkin that has the capacity to hold the words that need to be freed.


Coffee and Cigarettes
Coffee and Cigarettes

Coffee and smoke, cream and sugar, it is the ultimate team.
Discussion
Discussion

Through the silence a passionate voice is heard trying to make a point that will fall on deaf ears.
Hand Through Flame
Hand Through Flame

Hand through a lighter's flame, fire burning nothing but the dirt on your hands. The conversation quiets to a dull roar.
Coffee and Creamer
Coffee and Creamer

Lingering in the bitter brew, the cream makes patterns as it churns, striving for its independence.
Smoking
Smoking

One last drag before the night is through. One last drag.
Ashtray
Ashtray

Standing proudly wedged into the hole of a rejected Life Saver, the cigarette butt declares itself king of the mountain.
Ashtray Through Hand
Ashtray Through Hand

Night transcends to morning as coffee cups sit empty on a dirty table and cigarettes are extinguished amid the ashes.
Thought
Thought

Though the conversation continued, the mood slowed, and thoughts turned inward.
Cigarette in Hand
Cigarette in Hand

The conversation turns from pleasant things to the everyday tasks. The last drop of the chocolate malt is swallowed.
Girl with Cigarette
Girl with a Cigarette

The girl stood out of the crowd with the long cigarette holder touched to her lips. She looked like one of those 1950s posters: elegant.


The Usual
The Usual

From open to close they linger, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, listening to music and talking about the last performance of a local band, or the up-and-coming-ness of a new artist. It is a place where everyone knows who you are and where you came from though they may not remember your name. It is a dysfunctional family immersed in coffee and ash.
Empty
Empty

Staring down at the last drops of what was an excellent cup of tea.



conversation and Cake
Conversation and Cake

Friends emerge from hidden corners with offerings of food and conversation. Coffee cups run full with bitter liquid and stomachs rumble.