Street photography isn’t my thing. Funny to say that after posting loads of NYC city street photos the last week but I mean being a true street photographer is not my genre. Photographing people unaware hasn’t really appealed to me and I felt awkward or intrusive. But in an hours time walking down Fifth Avenue I took 165 photos of people on their cell phones. A lot of them while crossing the street without looking. It wasn’t a plan and I made a little movie of the photos but the end result was monotonous and boring. Even though I got it down to a minute thirty three seconds it was a snoozer. You can determine if the ones I have chosen to illustrate my experience produce boredom in the viewer.
In a couple of the photos you can see three or four people on phones at once.
This is not going to be an ongoing effort to capture people using technology in public. The good thing is it allowed me to get more comfortable on the sidewalk photographing people. Of course, it wasn’t a fair playing field as they were definitely distracted and ignoring me which is how I was able to lift the camera to my eye and take their picture.
How have cell phones affected the way we live? Our human interaction?
You know how I love to capture those candids. When electronic devices are involved they’re in another place and pay no attention to me and my camera. Shot in October 2009 but when I found it today it made me chuckle.
It’s fun to be a houseguest where you are one of the family and people don’t notice you and your camera. (Actually taken with my phone)
On Saturday in the early morning I was sitting in the rocking chair and saw James reading the news on his tablet instead of the newspaper that had been delivered and Aunt Mary checking her email.
I was still in my nightgown and sipping coffee. The scene just struck me. Later in the day Mary told me that James had gotten the new push mower out of the shed and was going to be mowing the front lawn. I ran and got my camera and documented the “old school” lawn mowing method preferred by my son-in-law to be. It was his idea to use both photos to compare and contrast the new technology and the old fashioned lawnmower all in the same day!
School. Ditto machines and drinking in the smell of the purple sheets and filmstrip projectors. Who remembers?