I was travelling on the metro in Barcelona with Juan (JFS) and Krys (Krychu30) when I noticed the man sitting directly opposite me who was very intent on what he was doing. It was the reflections in his glasses that caught my attention. He was lost in his virtual world and now he will exist in mine as his image is reproduced to be consumed and interpreted many times over taking on a meaning of it's own without me or anyone who views this actually knowing who he is. So I had a few thoughts about this:
A two dimensional digital world there for all to see
I captured him in mine whilst he was not looking at me
A virtual world where his eyes should be
I had visions for his future, digitally
whilst I wondered 'in reality, who is he?'
He's a snapshot, captured in a moment, fixed in time
What was once paper and chemicals now replaced by 0's and 1's
in a cyberspace vacuum that goes on and on.
But I am a fan of such binary flows
and websites designed for the whole world that show
we know thousands of people that we don't actually know
And I realise with insight this instant
how reality has become so distant
In a future tense and slightly askew
I will only ever have a virtual negative of you.
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trevormoffiet (2914) 2014-06-28 4:59
Beautiful poetry and terrific image. You didn't mention the images trapped behind the glass but I see also that they fit perfectly with your poetry and are an important part of the image. I did enjoy.
Noel_Byrne (22260) 2014-06-28 8:34
A smart comment on technology with this pic, it seems evrybody is consumed by it now, and we never take a moment to take note of what is going on around, or to socialise with those fit beside is. Strange that we can speak on FaceTime for free with people on the other side of the earth, but will reject a conversant from somebody who shares a seat. I like that you captured the blur in his hand movements too, showing how intently he is caught in his virtual world, despite the calm exterior he portrays. Great idea and portrait.
CLODO (29804) 2014-06-28 11:26
"Street photography!" He is fully absorbed in his world and did not noticed you taking the picture. The face is a little blurred (maybe he was moving), but as you underline, the reflection of his mobile in his goggles is very attractive.
have a nice sunday
danos (84497) 2014-06-28 13:44
nice the 'potrait' of the young man as is looking to his mobile phone,trying to take a selfie? The reflections on his glasses of his mobile's frame,makes the scene even more effective.
krzychu30 (15354) 2014-06-29 1:25
oh,I remember this one.
Welcome to the mobile age-where everyone is immersed in its own digital world.
Excellent portrait and fabulous reflections in his sunglasses.
PS.there is even reflected portrait of Juan in the window:)
Have a good sunday
timecapturer (46655) 2014-06-29 3:25
can always rely on you to come up with something original and clever as an image. Nobody would have seen this opportunity but you, so I say "well done". It is a shot with so much going on and a real representation of 21st century life, where a mobile phone is an extra organ for most people, who panic if it is not within easy reach. Progress? Uhmmm! - I wonder.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
ourania (28576) 2014-06-29 8:48
a superb spontaneous portrait, captivating and meaningful. I like very much how the tight framing exalts the gentleman's mysterious expression and his hand's movement. There's a mesmerizing play of reflections all over. Juan's, the sleepy gentleman's and your reflection on the opposite window create an intriguing juxtaposition and get the "reflection" on virtual selves even further. The reflections of the phone screen on his sunglasses (worn on the metro) are very eye-catching, I wonder whether he's checking a picture he's just taken of you:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
jhm (136868) 2014-06-30 4:49
Almost incredible that a man not is present but only his GSM looks, happy for you see we the reflections in his glasses.
Sharpness and clarity are very well.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (7004)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-28 4:23