Unpacking culture

tables reflected in the glass

Some cultures can be tough to decipher—not unlike this picture that was taken at a local coffee shop.

What’s going on in the image?  I was sitting inside the Philz at the Navy Yard on a weekend morning and captured this scene through three pieces of storefront glass.  

It takes a few glances to make sense of the various forms in the image.  The larger context is tough to make out until you notice the details in the background.  Culture can be the same way.  It often takes time being immersed in it to figure out the rhythm of a place.