How did it happen? How did it come to take so many pictures of people on one particular bench, and then to take so many pictures of people on other benches? Like all good things it happened by accident.
July 14th 2010, I had a day off work so took a walk to town with camera in hand. I had gone intending to do a bit of street photography. As I approached the bench I noticed a woman in a bright red top, she caught my eye so I took a photo and thought no more of it.
Later that day I uploaded it to Flickr (I'm afraid it's long gone from Flickr but that's another story.) Surprisingly people liked it and commented on all the people on the bench, not just the one woman I had spotted. So the next week I went again to take a photo of the bench, again it went down well on Flickr.
After this I started noticing the bench even more, I realised that taking a photo of the people sitting on it was a kind of social documentary. Wednesday market benches were the initial attraction because people sitting on it were usually elderly villagers who had travelled in to Bury St Edmunds for the market. After finishing their shopping they would sit on the bench to rest before wandering back to the bus stop. I'm sure you agree, there is so much character in elderly people's faces. Thereafter I would take a picture of the Wednesday market bench whenever work and time permitted, I still do so today.