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Mezzanine Waiting Area

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 12 August 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Transbay Transit Terminal - San Francisco

Series from its final hours of operation - II

I couldn't remember the last time I saw 6 pay phones in one location. What's a pay phone?

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cool shot

12 Aug 2010 5:16am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good shot and funny observation, here in Spain is also very difficult to see pay phones!

12 Aug 2010 5:55am

@Paco Díaz: I think this is true everywhere. Cell phones killed the profitability of pay phones. Most people simply never need to use them.

Marie LC from France

Fantastic angle ! excellent !

12 Aug 2010 6:30am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

cool framing

12 Aug 2010 7:47am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very nice PoV

12 Aug 2010 7:55am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Nobody coming, nobody waiting-- what is a waiting area.

12 Aug 2010 12:57pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

The world has just moved on,it´s like a scene out of a Stephen King novel... What a great mood you´ve achieved here Stephen.

12 Aug 2010 1:26pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Incredible !! wait here, the dream !!!

12 Aug 2010 2:51pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I bet those well worn wooden benches are a bit more comfortable than today's stainless steel and concrete creations!

12 Aug 2010 5:40pm

@Curly: Four hours before the official closure - it was weird to see this spot devoid of people. In its hey day - the benches would be full and folks would be sitting on luggage and leaning along the walls.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Pay phone?
There is a lot of history in the lines and grooves of those benches, how sad and lonely they look with out people to warm them.

12 Aug 2010 6:21pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

totally cool proportions (amazing balance)! neat contrast of texture and lighting. a simple shot that is very creative :)

12 Aug 2010 11:11pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Another wonderful image......great framing on this one....and yea, what are those things back on that wall???

12 Aug 2010 11:28pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Very well seen and composed . . you have taken the ordinary and made it special. Great stuff.

13 Aug 2010 7:37pm

Jackson Jerome Johnstone from San Francisco, Calif., United States

Great that you captured this before it's demise to the wrecking ball. It's the East Bay Transit Terminal on 2nd & Mission. Street Cars similar to the ones that run up and down Market St. used the lower deck of the Bay Bridge to convey passengers back and forth from this terminal to East Bay. People down on their luck could sleep on these comfortable benches with out too much hassel from the police, between their destinations. The same went for Greyhound riders and buses running to other bay area towns. It was built in a kinder, gentler era that is disappearing fast from SF and other metropolitan areas. The elderly and homeless benifited greatly from a comfortable covered place to sit. Now they sleep in our doorways. As if afflected by some strange tropical disease the American Bench is disappearing at an incredible rate. The virus has not spread to the gold towns in the mountains and foot hills of California, you still see healthy and friendly benches dotting their store fronts, on main streets.

29 Nov 2010 3:51am