There is not much I can say about this photo. It speaks for itself, or maybe it sends a message.
Why talk to your husband/wife if you can have more fun with your mobile phone?
I don't know if their baby already had its own phone, but I wouldn't be surprised.
This is from Klaipéda, the third largest city of Lithuania, on the Baltic coast.
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maxifred (0) 2013-07-28 9:49
Well,this picture really speaks to me,thanks to the ambiance you've rendered.
Life scene,no more to say...
tyro (24828) 2013-07-28 9:57
Ah, ha, that same theme again! And again we grumpy old men can remark about the younger generations having no conversational or social skills because they are now so addicted to a tiny piece of modern technology which removes them from reality.
A very well composed shot (considering that it was probably taken "on the spur of the moment"), the line of large paving stones joining the two subjects perfectly, even although in their minds they are separated worlds apart. And a fine street view albeit cursed by being littered by rows of parked cars.
papagolf21 (101984) 2013-07-28 10:37
En effet, l'image parle d'elle-même ! Un mode de vie totalement différent, l'électronique a pris le pas sur le livre ou le papier. Il faut vivre avec son temps, mais aussi prendre le temps de vivre.
Le sujet présenté est fort bien pensé quant à nos coutumes du 21e siècle.
goodwill (4226) 2013-07-28 11:33
The shot has turned into a documentary commentary by you. I am sure you will rethink that the shot has not been properly focused. Its been clciked casually. The shot holds the touches of Journalism.
The most important point here is that the shot impresses from the thumbnail, and has a story to tell.
A recent survey has confirmed that if the fathers are provided with designer baby prams, they will devote more time with the baby and the family.
May be the father is asking for the designer pram and the mother worried about it---is my perception for this shot of Journalism.
annjackman (21899) 2013-07-28 11:55
Well observed. The distance between the two adults on their phones saya a lot. Smart street photography with good colours and sharpness.
Kind Regards, Ann
pajaran (60661) 2013-07-28 12:01
Dobar tekst ...
Zahvatila nas je manija mobilnih telefona, velika zavisnost ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Covek sve vise zavisi od moderne tehnologije.
Lepo vece i sve najbolje.
Good text ...
It caught us mania mobile phones, high dependency ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Man is increasingly dependent on modern technology.
Nice evening and all the best.
Fis2 (97673) 2013-07-28 12:41
Good reportorial photo.
I like it.
Royaldevon (38862) 2013-07-28 14:20
The large gap between the pair says it all!
A mobile can be a great asset, it just needs to respected for what it is ... or should be ... an emergency measure!
I had to laugh (with a respectful amount of sadness) at your suggestion that their baby had its own phone. Maybe, and then, probably used as a teething apparatus!
A well taken daily shot.
Very nicely composed, with a strong f/g triangle and good textural details.
My warm regards,
carlo62 (48325) 2013-07-28 14:41
vedo che questa non è una malattia italiana, ma un virus che si è diffuso in tutto il mondo.
Hai perfettamente ragione, non c'è molto da dire, forse sarà dovuto all'età, ma trovo la cosa molto antipatica.
KristinsCamera (2384) 2013-07-28 19:20
Cynical or otherwise, we can read so many things into body language,
can't we, Gert ?!
You know how much I love these street grabs, and this one is no exception.
Well, who knows, perhaps they are both calling into work with an excuse so they can take the baby to the park instead ;)
bayno (18344) 2013-07-29 2:30
this is the time to stay connected, and it makes me not too much pleasure, privasy goes to get fry, environmental pollution is high and still we do not know well the consequences, I believe that soon will be born free areas where there is not wi-fi or otherwise,
good street...well framed with clear details...
greetings from super hot Rome...
alpi1500 (1520) 2013-07-29 2:44
Nice POV.gOOD SHOT.
Have a nice day.
jhm (152970) 2013-07-29 4:33
GSM, I believe for our youth something indispensable, I am older formerly we had no GSM, no fixed phone, no electricity, no bike an always found we each other on the perfect moment.
No GPS, we came always just on time.
What a world friend Gert, happy that your picture is very lovely.
Simple a wonderful picture and great architectonic composition.
Also these picture is pleasant and very well presentation.
I like the excellent light and colour management as the clarity and the beauty of the image.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Nicou (142176) 2013-07-29 5:07
L'homme en pul rouge ressort parfaitement sueprbe captage et vue avec la dame et sa pousette et ce rendu sur le pavage merviellesue compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
kasianowak (8921) 2013-07-29 5:45
Brilliant observation and the title really made me laugh, even though this issue makes me a bit sad.
I had similar thoughts when spending time in a mountain hut a few years ago. I remembered the times when I was younger and used to visit that place quite often. In the evenings people used to gather in the dining room and even though they were complete strangers they chatted, sang songs and had a really good time together. These days, in the evening, everyone is outside the hut trying to get signal on their mobile phones...
Thank you for sharing
Graal (102894) 2013-07-29 6:37
good captured scene on the street of Klajpeda and comment in note. Interesting old town. Nice perspective and natural colors. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
ourania (45500) 2013-07-29 9:08
this is a sad scene indeed. I don't mean to jump into conclusions regarding unknown people's private matters (but I end up doing it very often:) Although I find the dominance of mobiles very stressful, I believe that in this case the mobiles are just an excuse and there's an underlying gap between them anyway. I'm also worried because we can't see the baby. The sense of gap is enhanced by the vacant urban scenery dominated by another symbol of our era, the many parked cars. An illusion of independence. Great capture, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
rychem (36063) 2013-07-29 9:14
Great reportage shot, it is a generation born with a phone in the pocket, well seen, well done
abmdsudi (54097) 2013-07-29 10:33
To start with, mobile phones are God's gift for candid shots, with all attention being paid to the gadgets and not the photographer. They are the iPhone geeks gen who are constantly glued oblivious to their surroundings but very cleverly spotted by you. It's part of life just about everyone has a mobile these days but they will soon be implanted from birth and wired to the brain! A brilliant of candid everyday subject well put together to create a story. This is sharp and technically well performed shot and a great social comment. Well done, TFS
williewhistler (16396) 2013-07-29 12:10
how observant of you,the two most modern of people are doing what they do best and you have managed to isolate and portray them perfectly.
A scene that is doubtlessly being repeated all over the world now.
A casual shot that speaks volumes so to speak...
mesutilgim (95260) 2013-07-29 12:50
Hello dear Gert,
I often ask myself, what would be the World without handy's ?
Your entry a good evidence for this fact.
TFS and best regards
bukitgolfb301 (41864) 2013-07-29 17:49
Hi dear Gert
Sorry for my late reaction.
Another significant and tasteful snap image in town.
You get the perfect moment in the best timimng in very reasonable framework.
Thanks a lot and have a good day! Takero
daddo (26788) 2013-07-30 3:17
Honestly Gert you are a shred observer of human nature and I love your slightly caustic , yet apparently funny tone. I love the title too for it's similar to one of the catch-cries used by Australian politicians who don't like multiculturalism and want to reaffirm the Anglo-Saxon way of life.Their favourite is Australian values. The rest of us obviously have values which are of lesser worth, including family values. Top shot. god help the child who is going to be so well adjusted. Regards. Klaudio.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-07-30 8:02
Sad but it's true, people are so busy with electronic devices that even if they are together they are not together. It breaks the cohesiveness of the family unit. Nice documentation with good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
saxo042 (37884) 2013-07-30 9:09
En ganska rolig bild med en ögonfångande röd tröja. Vad gjorde mänskligheten för mobiltelofonernas tid?
Silvio1953 (143240) 2013-07-30 9:44
Ciao Gert, nice family portraitl, lovely urban view , splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-07-30 11:33
Thats whats called modern technology. Unlike what you experienced many years back at Konarak with the mosquito bites and the ramshackled fans.The sms,bbm,skype,whatsapp have brought us all so close to each other.You are witnessing a change of era probably, very much different from what you observed in your youth.TFS.
Cheers and be happy,
chrisvek (7001) 2013-07-30 11:51
Nice photo with so cute composition of this family.Nice details and depth.Great background and lightning usage.Very nice pov too.
All the best
macjake (67806) 2013-07-30 14:17
sorry, i've been a little slow recently getting to my critiques.
you know what would be really funny...if they were actually texting or calling each other!
Personally, i'm more interested in the city streets, architecture and the large cobble stoned street.
interesting tall smoke stack in the bg too.
did you notice it? :)
see you around
emka (97683) 2013-07-30 15:45
Hi Gert, Another interesting observation, with excellent presentation and nice note. But how do you know it is a couple? have you seen them before together? They look like strangers. Nice row of trees. Excellent quality.
it was fun with the language there. You add s or as to the 'international" word and you have Lituanian - bank - bankas.
PS. My husband is the only person I know who doesn't have mobile phone. But he doesn't say anything anyway :). And my son who sits in another room sends me emails. Crazy family :)
AROBN54 (11475) 2013-07-30 21:49
I again find myself drawn to this shot. Two SO uninterested parties fill the frame nicely, he on the phone - she seemingly texting. I like how you got a corner shot and the depth goes both ways. Such is life. Perhaps they are texting each other and planning a date not near in the future?? LOL
Chère amie Shelly,
Je suis très heureux de revoir vos photographies. Ce portrait est excellent et devrait inspirer de nombreux peintres sur le site.
Les stigmates sur son visage reflètent la vie passée.
Un grand bravo. Ici, aussi, il fait très chaud.
Urs (14082) 2013-07-31 2:26
You are right, cell phones are not only helpful, but also an nuisance. Everybody uses them and slowly there will no oral communication any more. Your shot is an excellent documentary photograph which speaks for itself. Well done
mirosu (16227) 2013-07-31 4:11
This is an excellent street snapshot, very typical for present days. You can see this everywhere in the world. We have used to reed newspapers, magazines while waiting. Today everybody is playing with their "handy'. Sometimes I asking myself how we have survived without mobile phone; answer very well. Excellent photo. Greetings, Miro
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-08-01 1:05
Those blasted cell phones; a curse and a blessing on life today! An excellent observational comment on our priorities Gert. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad! A fine DL shot and shows your powers of observation really well! Warm regards Rosemary
kato (11630) 2013-08-01 16:30
You're capturing well this street scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which young couple is doing the mobile phone in the street. In modern society, it is a natural spectacle. It's impressive in many cars which have parked the road of a stone pavement and the old buildings, too.
zoomer (6) 2013-08-02 16:33
Hi,accute observation,excellent documentary.Maybe they do talk to each other,just jesting,its the same everywhere.Friendly regards,Wolf.
mjw364 (1066) 2013-08-07 0:54
Nice piece of social commentary here that the traditional concept of right wing family values fails to account for!
You know I know a couple who send each other e-mails from different rooms in the same house where they live - it is their main form of communication but if you talk to them they say - oh we have been happily married for 18 years... hmmmm maybe...
TFS - a real Holmertz shot!
jacquest (18927) 2013-08-15 14:45
An image that tells much and that can be often seen in the streets and parks, reflecting the fast and stressful pace of life. Well caught and interesting observation in your note.
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-08-25 0:15
Good note about mobile phone Gert, I like that street view showing the daily life of people in Estonia
serp2000 (44203) 2013-09-11 10:58
You picked up very important social problem by this post. I agree with a lot of comments and I can't say something new. Good observation of daily life.
We can see such scene everywhere in the modern world today.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-10-02 18:52
an interesting one in your gallery, which I missed before. Excellent composition with those waiting people. Nice atmosphere and you presented it with nice depth. Sharpness/ light/ colours all are superb. Excellent shot. Tfs.
Karolina999 (0) 2015-12-20 9:26
funny family snapshot, fine man with phone, fine woman wit a phone, whoat about a child?, nice colors, original effect.
Thanx for sharing!