Whist out taking photographs in the street i started to notice just how many people are using a mobile phone, whether talking or texting. It started in London during the Royal Wedding whilst taking candid style portraits. Looking at the photos on the camera i was surprised at just how many were using a phone. Even if they’re not using it they’re so often carrying it at the ready.
Working at a college with students then i’ve come to expect use of a mobile phone to take precedent over pretty much everything else. For many young people it seems life can’t carry on unless they have a phone at the ready, it’s a scourge of the classroom. But it’s becoming more and more noticeable that people of most age groups are now using mobile phones wherever they go. What is really disconcerting is that most don’t really look where they’re going. It’s now well known that using a mobile phone is very distracting when driving, but pedestrians walk into the road quite happily in front of vehicles. It can be quite frightening to watch.
Walking around town today photographing people using a phone became my theme for the day………