The Tyranny of Distance

The title for this post is not some profound thing I came up with to riff on, it is the title of an album by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists when I was trying to think of what this post will be about a song from that album, Dial Up, began playing on my computer. So viola a title, magic!

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But maybe it is not so random after all. These photos are from July 4 in San Francisco, so it was freezing and cloudy. I met some friends but they got cold and left, which gave me an opportunity to wander and take photos, which I love doing, so a perfect afternoon. We are alone in a crowd of people unless we find a way to bridge that distance which keeps us all in our little bubbles.

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Photography does offer me an opportunity to overcome this Tyranny of Distance (see I managed to work it in, although  a bit awkwardly) between me and the people I would otherwise never talk to. My kids ask me from time to time how I can walk up to strangers and make a photo of them, especially because I am otherwise shy. I don’t know, I think it has to do with my sense of purpose, I have a reason to make these photos, because it makes me happy, and the vast majority of people are happy to have someone talk to them.

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Most people are really bored most of the time, so they look at their phones or do something to distract themselves. They almost always welcome someone talking to them for a little bit, and if they do not welcome that conversation and having someone take their photos, they will let you know right away.

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It is easier when people have dogs, just start a conversation about the dog. But the conversation can be about anything really, I like to talk to people and they seem to like talking with me. It is just hard to get that conversation started sometimes.

But it is so worth it.

 

1 Comment

  1. Like the opportunity to travel- in a virtual way – along on your photo shoot adventures.

    Give my favorite twins a high five apiece and one for you too if there’s a way to overcome the logistical obstacles!

    Best thoughts to all and thanks for the pictures.

    A

    Sent from my iPhone

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