Today's post is not so much the photo, but the story behind the photo.
I called this photo "Oblivious", in relation to the new young generation of 20 year olds out there.
I am simply amazed at how important their cell phones are to them. It could be at play, at home, even at work and while driving.
Looking at this young woman, i am literally 3 feet away from her, but she is completely oblivious to me photographing her as she's so pre-occupied by her phone.
As a man in my mid to late 30's, I'm not far removed from this generation - but in reality we are decades and decades apart. I work with alot of young people, and they too cannot part from their phone even for a few minutes. Texting has become the new form of communication, almost primary communication.
The photo i uploaded recently of a young woman in Central Park New York City also displays the same theme.
Certainly i am in the minority as i don't have an Iphone, i'm old because my internet is actually located in my house, and i'm not cool because i don't know all the abbreviations for texting.
What will the next generation bring?
Thanks for looking
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Ricx (13495) 2012-01-28 1:59
Hi CRaig, How did we all communicate before sms ing (texting as we call it in UK) come into existence.. it seems to have been part of our lives for years and yet it cant be more that a decade old.. with it have we lost the ability to see whats happening around us.. an excellnet posting of day to day life,, have a good evening Rich
snunney (98253) 2012-01-28 2:12
A composition with a story to tell. Well spotted - fine presentation.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-28 2:14
very good observation and the note is expressive...young people = the phone of her attribute...the center of the world. An impressive street shot, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
kordinator (20515) 2012-01-28 2:21
From time to time I look at your work and grade one.
No you very long in my gallery, that I have not forgotten.
I love these spontaneous works.
A lot of nice detail in the background arčitekture and beautiful lady on the bench in the foreground.
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-01-28 3:26
Ola Craig ,
Interessante imagem com esta rapariga a escrever no telefone sem duvida a grande invenção destes sec. veio alterar o nosso meio de vida , bons detalhes e cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
CLODO (34080) 2012-01-28 3:27
Hi old Craig!
A generation was between 20 and 25 years, now it's 15! You're absolutly right with this new disease of the XXIth century, nothing exists except the ipad or iphone, everywhere and everytime. No need to meet!
But it's rather good for you to start taking pictures of persons. You could have removed the top to get a square format.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-01-28 4:25
I am a little concerned to see people, especially young people, evolved into a playful world, virtual, not real life, virtually forgetting the necessity of work for a living, and also the loss of contact with nature, and the loss of heat communicative with real friends. A beautiful image, and a beautiful young woman) The photo is of excellent quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Sergiom (78505) 2012-01-28 6:08
Effectivement, j'ai la même impression que toi en ce qui concerne les voies de communications de notre époque. C'est comme si tout le monde se repliait sur lui-même au lieu de regarder vers l'extérieur.
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-01-28 6:39
well observed scene.The story in your note has many apt observations.I agree with you about the fact,how important to some(maybe even most)young people their cell-phones are.So,it´s good to know I´m not the only one who has no smartphone or facebook account.
Have a nice weekend
worldcitizen (8572) 2012-01-28 8:07
I instantly recognized the Highline from the thumbnail. Nice mix of unsuspecting person and architecture. :-) I like those benches on the Highline, too. I'm with you: no iPhone, internet only in my house, etc. I get really annoyed when people are walking in front of me and texting. They have no idea where they are going or who is behind them! Ahhh!!!
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2012-01-28 8:22
well said note! I wonder what will happen next! Keep those photos coming!
delpeoples (57590) 2012-01-28 17:08
I love this photo for alot of reasons. Of course it's a well-executed people shot that also incorporates a little of your beloved graphism with the modern building behind the young girl. And I'm sure many of our Italian friends will appreciate the beauty of your SMS-mad subject. But here, your Note is as provoking as your photo. At a wedding last night, a group of us oldies had this exact same discussion about this technology-mad generation we're breeding. There were horror stories where 6 kids were at our dinner table all armed with IPhones and DS games, not talking to each other, to us or anyone else. But what we were all doing was being reported on Facebook! There's this obsession with giving blow by bow descriptions of their lives, photos to prove that they're doing it but no actually enjoyment of where and what they're doing. It's extraordinary. They're, as you say, absolutely oblivious to what's going on in the world around them.
So thank you for this photo, your Note and for showing me you're as a big a fuddy-duddy as I am, even if 5 years younger :)
Wedding went well, thanks for the encouragement. Made some mistakes but got a few good photos
divail (8334) 2012-01-28 20:09
Sa coiffure est assez rétro. C'est vrai qu'elle ne t'a pas vu.
Lors de mon passage à New York en octobre, j'ai assisté à une dispute d'un couple à Bryan Park. La jeune femme protestait que son ami était plus intéressé par son téléphone que par elle et il lui a répondu que son téléphone était en effet plus intéressant qu'elle.
Pour ma part, j'ai un petit IPod. C'est bien pratique en voyage pour les guides touristiques qu'on peut y télécharger.
Bonne fin de semaine Craig,
jjcordier (79297) 2012-01-28 22:40
Comme toi, mon téléphone ne sert qu'à....téléphoner, quelle originalité!Ta "nouvelle génération" a quand même quelques atouts qui sont loin d'être négligeables!OK pour le format carré!
lousat (90638) 2012-01-29 1:21
Really an interesting topic!I never had a cell phone and do not want it! And I detest seeing these young people totally mesmerized by these magical gizmos ...great choice for the pic my friend,and for the model too.ehehe..Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.
Royaldevon (38395) 2012-01-29 1:30
Good Morning Craig,
Oh, we could all identify with this thought provoking situation! You have very graphically recorded the fixation, the concentration, the addiction to this form of technology. By your photograph, she is isolated in a cement jungle, unaware of location or people. Very well done.
It is certainly a worry to many people. Whereas I will often go out without my mobile phone (I don't want to be interupted) many take them to the table with them when they are eating, take them to bed with them and will interact with them at any possible opportunity. It is like living a virtual life, with virtual acquaintances!
Thank you for this.
Have a lovely Sunday,
tyro (24604) 2012-01-29 5:47
You're getting bolder! See - you're getting more courage these days, approaching young ladies with your camera, like a creepy old man. :o)
Like you, I'm amazed at how mobile 'phones and texting dominate the lives of the young these days. I have a mobile 'phone but never have it turned on, believing that it's main use is for emergencies - like if my car broke down in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. Gert (holmertz) has some wonderful pictures of people on mobiles - even of a bridegroom in the middle of his wedding ceremony chatting on his 'phone!
A beautifully composed picture, the girl placed well in the frame, concentrating on her 'phone, and with an interesting background of modern architecture. Lovely colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite detail and sharpness.
Silvio1953 (141991) 2012-01-30 1:41
Ciao Craig, lovely composition with woman on bench warking with cell phone, beautiful urban ambientation, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (70655) 2012-01-30 3:06
I must agree with you, this is a phenomena. I see this sit. every day, not only while on idle - but even when driving, in a crowd, in other's presence like work and/or social-events, and many more...
Nice young lady though, good moment collected.
bebbetto (40) 2012-01-30 6:53
I totally agree with your note. The generation gap is huge with the people in their twenties or teens. The use of latest technology makes it even bigger. I think it will increase exponentially.
You say that in U.S. many use the cell phone while driving. In Italy 50% do so and I see many girls driving and dialing the number at the same time.
Your photo is very nice and she seems very nice too.
About the coins in the fountain, they are really intended for charitable organizations, but it also happens that somebody comes into the fountain at night and collect them a bit.
mesutilgim (95038) 2012-01-30 11:18
Does she know that she is been viewed up to now by 258x2 eyes ???
Very nice daily life scene, well composed and captured.
TFS and best regards
MJR (3360) 2012-02-01 14:04
Try being mid to late fifties, then you know about it !!
I love the way you have caught the bright colours of your character against the near monotone of her surroundings. And of course, the note picks up all the cues in the picture, to make a really good POST !!
Is this in the park on the old railway ? It looks rather as if so ?
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TopGeo (38216) 2012-02-03 0:36
Hello Craig! Interesting thought you and the combination with the image I think the bourgeois man lost contact with other people! not because the technology is a solution but a change in lifestyle imposed on us! I do not blame young people but us, because we share the responsibility! Accepted urbanization. In the villages people love their fellowmen and love with a heat! missing in the city, but has few resources for this life and blame the rulers! Excellent idea! Best regards
ruisc_pt (10892) 2012-02-03 4:43
Your note is quite pertinent. I'm in the late 50's and yet I probably am one of the most active internet users since internet exists publicly (for about 35 years I think...
Well I have ans Iphone now and I use to check my emails on the street... yet, I hate cellphones because most people (young people in this sense) gives priority to a call or a message rather than a person that is talking to you...
In some public services where people is queuing to be attended I had very good results making a phone call to this services and got the priority against all people attending while the employee at the queued balcony gives me the required information...
Well I like your model also. :)
skippy007 (12510) 2012-02-04 1:16
G'Day Craig, Liked your note interesting & somewhat amusing but unfortunately very real. If you're old I'm freeging ancient :) I also don't have an IPhone but I can see that I will succumb to the peer group pressure pretty soon, I like the convenience of these mobile phones but hate the anti social behaviour they encourage, maybe I'm getting old!!! Good quality shot that is well enhanced by your note. Keep photographing people, I think they are very interesting.
korbee (6617) 2012-02-12 6:20
I like your note Craig,she looks like my daughter(15 y)
24-7 on the blackberry,even in bed,and if I ask her what is so exiting about it ,the asnwer is simple:oh nothing....
We had to put sanction on her ,because her school results were suffering from it.
Now we confiscate her phone from 5 to 8 pm,and it works!
Its amazing,people have 0,0 eye for the world around them,its silly isnt it..;+]].
Well you took all the advantage from it and made a fine and sexy portrait Graig,god am I glad I jst have my 2 eyes and Im using them as well :]]
jmdias (63934) 2012-03-01 2:05
very nice note, yes I can see the same here and everywhere. while travelling if we take a photo in a place with lots of people probably you will take an image of a people talking in his cell phone.
I liked the image with the girl playing with her toy while the lines of the architecture are ahead. perfect framing and light.
COSTANTINO (64740) 2012-06-12 11:24
a shot without words
a beautiful shot from this pretty lady
with the mobile in her hands
a scenery from the daily life
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (67532)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-10
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 17-70mm F4
- Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-28 1:45