Texting Girl #2

Texting Girl #2

Remember the texting girl post from from a few months ago? Studies show that students spend up to 3 hours per day texting, and another 5.5 hours, on search, email, facebook and talk. That's 8.5 hours on the phone and the computer! People stopping to text is becoming the public behavior that is defining the 2000's, as the Walkman defined the 1980's. Soon enough, "texting people" will be a subject to avoid for street photographers.

If you look at the works of Garry Winogrand, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier, it seems like, in the past, people's behavior on the street was much less restrained. These days, a typical photo-walk through most modern cities yields the same kind of boring photographs; people walking, sitting, reading, sipping coffee, jogging, taking photographs, and texting - not much else. Kids rolling tyres, people flirting, teenagers with baseball bats, people staring out of windows and people in phone booths - remember those?

Song of the Day: A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins (1995)
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