If you’re at all familiar with American/English curse words, you’ll recognize the abbreviated title for something other than what I intended…or is it…got your attention though, yeah? :)
I wanted to go with “B.C.” as a time reference since this was taken long ago, with an actual description of “Before Cell (phones),”…but since they were already in existence, I now have to say it really stands for “Before Smartphones.” The front page of this gentleman’s paper will also clue you in to the given time frame, and a very disgraceful one for the U.S. military as it turned out.
Remember when people actually read the newspaper, rather than have their face plastered to a phone? A far reaching memory it seems, although I’m pretty sure the New York Post is still in circulation. As far as I can recall, I never approached someone reading a paper that didn’t put it down long enough to make eye contact and have a verbal exchange. Maybe I’m just old fashioned…or just plain old…but it drives me crazy when people can’t seem to have the common courtesy to acknowledge your existence unless it’s through text or by physically running into them because they fail to look up. Ever seen the video of a woman falling face first into a mall fountain because she was too busy typing on her phone to watch where she was walking? Hilarious!
Apologies for straying far from any information regarding the actual picture…but it feels good to rant for a bit, whew! Anyway, this was just a simple daily life moment that I captured while strolling around Madison Square Park one morning. What initially caught my eye was this mans hand, it looked like he was giving me the “middle finger” for taking his picture….and as far as I know, he probably was! lol
Thanks for stopping by.
Here’s the video link to what I had mentioned about the texting lady if you’re interested:
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saxo042 (37724) 2014-02-27 23:49
An interesting note! Also a very fine snapshot with this man reading his paper, apparently deep in thoughts. The bench and the fence add a strong diagonal that hold the composition together. The flowers add fine colour accents.
carlo62 (39863) 2014-02-28 0:02
interessante nota e bella foto, un taglio verticale supportato dalla diagonale della panchina, con i bei colori e la luce che provengono dallo sfondo.
Royaldevon (33935) 2014-02-28 0:37
An entertaining and thought provoking note accompanies your daily life shot. I must admit, I'm in your camp! Nowadays, people can't even sit down for a meal without sharing their table space with their phone! Why would you want to speak to outsiders when you are dining! Is some personal catastrophe going to occur!!
Good diagonal lines draw the viewers to the focal figure, sharp against an oof but useful b/g. When I saw the newspaper headline, I thought there was worse to come!!
Have a great day,
rbassin (20376) 2014-02-28 0:39
une bonne composiiton, la scène est bien cadrée avec des éléments graphiques et contrastants.
Nicou (131662) 2014-02-28 1:02
Caché par le journal quelle vue de cette personnage sur le banc prifitant de l'air pur pour dévorer les bonnes et mauvaises nouvelles sueprbe.
danos (91228) 2014-02-28 1:05
nice the daily snapshot with the sitting man to read the news of the day.I like the event as your shot looks like as a shot from a paparazzi.Well done.
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2014-02-28 2:59
indeed an interesting note along with an interesting composition. I like the atmosphere in screen. I have a doubt, if he is busy in reading a news or in a crossward puzzle. I can see a pen in his right hand. Anyway a nice scene from daily life. Spotted nicely. Very well done. Tfs.
ikeharel (64041) 2014-02-28 4:18
"The worse still to come..." I like this as a subtitle for your's, Jason. Anything can go wrong, probably - what a pesimistic newspaper...
It is true we see less people with a paper nowadays, but absolutely not vanished yet.
Nice taken the scene on the street of the big city, the elderly man is deeply into it.
jhm (145306) 2014-02-28 4:28
These man follow the actuality, this is perfect on his age.
A daily life picture, nice with the focus on the man and blurred background
Excellent detailed picture with a high sharpness made.
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-28 5:39
Hello old chap!
Pushing the boundaries again with this one eh? B.S. was always going to grab my attention wasn’t it? I have to sadly, agree that modern day ways of communicating do cut across old conventional means of information gathering. I am always amazed when you see a couple at a restaurant table both playing with their phones instead of talking to each other. I do wonder if they are texting each other to see what each has ordered! That's progress Jim.
Nice piece of journalistic imagery this ('scuse the pun!) Is it my screen or does the guy's finger look like it is at some horribly disjointed angle to his hand? Like the back page headline, never realised John Lydon was over there playing baseball. So A.S. would be good here too - After Sexpistols! ;-P
OO! Have to go my smartphone is vibrating in my pocket! :-))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
CLODO (32612) 2014-02-28 6:29
This is a vintage picture, no one reads the newsPAPER now! And the title is absolutly correct: " worse to come!"
I am surprised by his queer finger position.
All the best
mirosu (15464) 2014-02-28 6:41
Excellent snapshot in (also) excellent light. You have discretely covered the face with newspapers, so no problem with licence. The viewpoint is very good and the BG blur control perfect. All in all, a superb shot.
Very well done
Wish you a very nice weekend.
Gigidusud (18243) 2014-02-28 7:00
A daily life scene well captured with a nice vertical format. Well done!
Geetings from Marseille.
Noel_Byrne (27791) 2014-02-28 10:25
Sorry what, I was reading a text....
Hahaha, I know exactly what you mean and it does drive me mad too. I recently seen a beautiful scene here on TE from Le Defense in Paris showing a massive group of people on the steps and they were actually talking to each other!! This is a nice scene, and you composed it really well, the bench leading in to your character (yes I remember that story well, and I also remember the parody of it on Family Guy) and then beyond this we fade into blur, beautiful colored blur. A nice composition, a fine result and a fine social note too.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've just been Whats Apped, Facebooked and Instagrammed, and god forbid I keep those people waiting anything more than 15 seconds to reply! hahahaha.
Have a great weekend, warm wishes from the wet rock.
Speaking of which, a strange glowing ball of fire appeared in our skies today. Elders say it is called The Sun, but we are skeptical. Personally I think its the end of the world, and I only hope I can catch it on my smartphone.
All the best
holmertz (45942) 2014-02-28 10:51
This man has my sympathies for reading a paper, although the NY Times would have earned him even greater respect. My respects to you for this fine street-shot of a kind that I fully enjoy. I love that finger, whatever his intentions may have been, and I loved the video. I always hope to see something similar, but unfortunately seeing someone being run over by a car is more likely.
ourania (37514) 2014-02-28 11:37
I like very much this daily life scene. Newspapers are very appealing to me and can't resist trying to read the titles, even from a distance, even over people's heads. I know it's annoying, I don't insist but really appreciate it when they let me do it. Your composition is very natural and the reader is so deeply tucked into the frame and behind his paper. The background is comprehensible but blurry and this isolates him effectively too. Lighting and colours are delicious.
I think the finger is helping him to hold the paper better and don't believe it's only the mobile's fault if the lady fell into the fountain -my father once fell into a hole dug in the pavement while he was walking home and reading his paper:) Picture and note are lovely, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
PaulVDV (24823) 2014-02-28 12:31
That man is probably just using his middle finger to keep the newspaper straight. Most likely completely lost in the news about what worse still has to come. Perhaps a prediction of A.S. (after smartphones).
What strikes me is that this bench is neatly divided into compartments. Everyone gets its equally large granted space and will not expand this. I don't think we have such benches in my country.
There's a risk that people with a smartphone just flop down on the armrest. But that provides another beautiful daily life-picture :)
Best regards, Paul
nikkitta (17018) 2014-02-28 12:49
English for a NY post
eheheheh I believe I have the answer for the finger and position of the reading man
He was quietly doing the crossword, trying to ignore the bad news (why ALWAYS news are bad?) and saw you approaching with a camera ready to shot
What he did
Hide his face with the newspaper and...show you the middle finger
Anyway a good diagonal composed scene focusing on the hidden subject
Quite agree with your note and truly enjoy watching the video, funny , but it happens more and more
Friendly wishes and
A super fin de semana!
worldcitizen (7736) 2014-02-28 13:59
It's a simple photo that has many subtle details: the purple coffee cup, the blurred flowers in the distance, the news on the front and back pages. I also hate it when people walk around glued to their tiny screens. Can't they disconnect for one second and pay attention to what's in front of them??? I'll check out the video later. :-)
mcmtanyel (17267) 2014-02-28 18:46
That is hilarious, the video I mean. Did you also see Fountain Lady Song - I Fell In The Fountain Remix?
I like the selective focus in this photo and how you have carved out a nice, cozy corner for this person reading the newspaper.
serp2000 (42268) 2014-03-01 1:56
Hi, my dear friend,
You can mark me by these letters too, 'cause I haver never had a smartphone in my life. If you remember I am a twenty century man ;)
Funny idea for B.C. ;) Usualy this abbreviation means something else ))
Have a great weekend ahead!
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-03-01 2:30
great title and story:)life was much easier at the time:)now is quite hard to find such scene.Nowadays everyone sits with a smartphone or tablet and has latest news up to date.
Nicely spotted and captured daily-life scene.It has itw own unique mood and charm I like.And again you´ve managed to create here this unique "Paris look" of the scene.Well done my friend!
Btw.I agree here with Serghei´s and like he I´m 100% twenty century man:).Although I have a Samsung smarthone(which is for me a big sh../sorry,but it´s true.These new devices can not compare to old Nokia phones.You could drop them from few meters or wash them in washmachine and they still worked:)
Have a nice weekend
cornejo (36547) 2014-03-01 4:36
Hi Jason, very good photo of this interesting scene of daily life, very well captured in this very good photograph. Interesting picture with good sharpness, light and color. Very good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good morning and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
COSTANTINO (60699) 2014-03-01 13:46
I liked your shot with the man reading the
newspaper I agree and I remember too when
people actually red the newspaper
your useful notes describe the world
of today with tablets and mobiles
thanks for sharing your thoughts
mesutilgim (89860) 2014-03-01 14:09
What an amazing capture ! Perfect pov and layout.
As he has a pen in his hand, most probably he is thinking on his crossword puzzle !
TFS and have a nice weekend
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-03-01 14:29
You rant away if that is your mood when posting this photo, about communication and news and how we receive it now a days.
Great Pov, on to this guy reading his paper.
I an intrigued as to what the front news on the paper is , Worse to come?
Well managed, Tfs,
lousat (83666) 2014-03-01 15:14
Hi Jason,nice relaxing moment of this man and its newspaper,excellent capture with fine details despite the difficult light,i like a lot your long but interesting and curious note too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
macjake (62364) 2014-03-02 11:47
you're so right my man! Oh how the world has changed.
Have you seen the best movie of all time...The Shawshank Redemption???
In that movie, the old timer was released from prison after something like 40-50 years, he was out on Parole...he made the comment that the world has gone crazy on itself and things had changed dramatically.
Well...the world is still changing...but in far less time. The change he experienced in 40-50 years now seem to have the same effect in 4-5 years.
Perfect example of that are cell phones and technology.
Another example are newspapers...you're so correct...when was the last time somebody was reading the Paper?????????
excellent reportage type of photo, this IS the life we live now...love it or hate it.
maked you wonder what the year 2114 will look like!
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-03-04 4:36
I like this picture a lot. The scene you captured is very pretty and well composed. The reading man is so engrossed in his lecture that we cannot even see his from from behind the paper. The bench so smartly placed in the foreground is nice and stylish and adds some old character to the image. Great POV and angle, very nice framing.
Thanks for sharing
emka (87696) 2014-03-04 15:06
hello Jason, I am not familiar with any curse in English, and even in Polish, I am a well-behaved girl :). so I can't recognize this title. Nice view of this man so deep in his lecture. But this newspaper seems to me like our Fact with gossips. Maybe he wants to solve sudoku or crosswords, he has a pen in hand. Yes, now all people are looking at their smartphones. Maybe in some way it was better without smartphones, we like to criticize them but try to imagine the life without ANY telephone. Can you believe that I had to wait for a telephone at home (just stationary) for 23 year (yes, twenty three years). How happy I was when finally, in 1996, I got one. And now everybody do not go without a mobile. Only person who do not use them is perhaps my husband.
I have read about a woman who almost drown while looking at Facebook. Maybe it was the same that you write.
WArm regrads MAlgo
fabbs99 (16841) 2014-03-06 23:02
Hiding can fun as we see here.He carries an omen too - worse to come.Funny scene and nicely captured.Keep sharing.TFS.