While She's Gone .....

By SlowSong
There they were, having a lovely drink together, then she had to pop off to the ladies. Immediately - Out Comes The Phone!

Why can't people just sit, watch and think these days? Fiddle, fiddle, fiddle. And there was I, playing with my camera while my husband was getting the drinks in. But that's different. Grin

Thanks for looking.
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Tags: Photo journalism London General Candid Portraits and people

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Comments


Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 10:04AM
Very different Chris!!Smile after all you had to capture this one
Wonder who had to have that so quick message whilst she was away?
great candid shot
Lillian

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28 Sep 2012 10:24AM
Last month we entered a Macdonalds on the way to see our dog, one lady never ever stopped texting the whole time we were there, from ordering to finishing our meal her head was down, she left still with head down on the mobile.........all she must see day in day out is the pavements........WinkWinkWink

I don't have a mobile..........I don't need one.........hublet carries one just in case something goes wrong.....people seem to spend their lives either head down or head to one side with the phone glued to their ear........throw them away..........get your life back........TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
Fefe Plus
4 21 31 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 10:35AM
Great observationGrin Makes me wonder where it will all stopTongue....................... Says she, sat at the computerWink
Diane
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 10:40AM
Yes this makes me smile - I'm always "fiddling " with my camera - but then I see that as learning, creative and purposeful, but then no doubt at times I also miss things that are happening around me.

Just sitting and thinking - now that's a luxury that retirement is bringing me SmileSmile
Helen
CaroleS Plus
5 369 3 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 10:43AM
SmileSmileSmile
Carole
rontear Plus
12 8 7 England
28 Sep 2012 11:02AM
Love the storyboard to this Chris, very apt too in this day of constant communication !!! Get out leave the phone and enjoy where ever you are Smile
Ron.
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 11:02AM
Love your composition here Chris - it's an excellent candid. I have a mobile phone but yesterday I went out without it (as I so often do). When I returned there was a 'stickie' on it saying 'Hello, I'm your iPhone. When you go out, take me with you then people who want to get in touch with you can do so.' My husband is such a wag....! Smile
Ann
woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 11:11AM
I find the reflex use of mobile phones distasteful, crass and even dangerous.
How many drivers do you see using them every day? What does 'illegal' mean?
Yesterday I was leaving a public loo in Newcastle when a young man pushed past me in his rush for relief, right hand glued to his mobile which was glued to his left ear. Perhaps he was describing his progress to a friend?
Even before I finished my teaching career - more than six years ago now - I was becoming concerned about children who phoned their mothers during breaks and lunchtimes when I knew from experience and repute that they never spoke to them face to face.
Communication? - Bosh!
Sorry for the rant - I think we're on the same wavelength.
Bill
SlowSong Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
28 Sep 2012 11:29AM
Thank you for your lovely responses to today's image. It's certainly resonating with you all. Smile
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
28 Sep 2012 11:41AM
Ooops Bill is on his soapbox but he is absolutely right! A well observed glimpse at modern pub culture and all the elements are there.

Albert
mrswoolybill Plus
9 843 1373 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 11:45AM
I could get on my soapbox. We were out for lunch recently, saw a family group eating together, every single one of them including the children plugged into some device or other. No communication with each other, which is what it should have been about.
Meanwhile of course, the automatic instinct to sit down at table and get one's camera out is totally different and much more acceptable!
Moira
nonur Plus
7 15 9 Turkey
28 Sep 2012 12:11PM
I hate seeing people talking to their mobile device while crossing the street and also being called in the loo. Nice shot!
gingerdelight 9 298 11 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 12:37PM
An excellent capture and yes please, I'll have a glass on that Red!
Carol
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
28 Sep 2012 1:34PM
It's what your right arm's for! to update an old advert and rather suitable for the location. Can't place this one though, Chris Tongue

Dave
Ade_Osman 12 4.5k 36 England
28 Sep 2012 2:20PM
I could just do with a swift half......Of Scrumpy though, don't want any of that un-natural yuppie swill Wink

Ade
CliveA 9 5 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 2:48PM
I suppose a lot of people have to work from thier back pockets these days. Blackberry's and the like are replacing offices.
Agree with a lot of the comments, especially the danger aspect. Do people blunder into you while they are textingSad
I must admit I do like a pint of Bombardier but never with a phone on view.
C l i v e
28 Sep 2012 2:56PM
Wish I had just walked in the door. I could have taken you taking him and added to the story. Good you had your camera, I do like this shot......
Sandy
franken Plus
13 3.8k 4 Wales
28 Sep 2012 3:07PM
Well seen and taken.

I was recently at a bus stop( not taking pictures)! SmileI glanced around and I was the only one of seven people who were waiting for the bus who wasn't playing with a mobile phone!


Ken
28 Sep 2012 3:07PM
A cute moment recorded so well.

Thanks for ur comments, it worth an award to me.
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
28 Sep 2012 3:24PM
Seems to me that no-one can live without a mobile phone glued to their earSmile. Well spotted and captured, Chris. Carol
28 Sep 2012 3:53PM
I have to confess that I 'fiddle' with my iPhone when uptown supping my beer and waiting for my meal to arrive! But it is usually to view uploads of my EPZ favourites....! Wink
A great candid capture here, Chris Smile
Trev Smile
danbrann Plus
11 567 16
28 Sep 2012 5:40PM
Who made all of these calls before we had mobile phones.A lovely little study which has us all thinking...who is he phoning.
28 Sep 2012 6:01PM
nicely done...
Barjo 4 United States
28 Sep 2012 7:43PM
This is wonderfully well-seen, Chris! A terrific commentary on "the times" as well as a delightful mix of the old and the new....Really excellent!
rayme330 Plus
4 17 1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 7:52PM
An Excellent capture that teelsa story.


Ray
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
28 Sep 2012 8:02PM
Sign of the times Chris unfortunately - super candid.
Brian.
tony64 12 204 9 England
29 Sep 2012 12:19AM
HI Chris, I think it was good that he waited for a break, to check his phone, and didn't do it in front of her. Many adults have to run a business from their phones, so I don't blame them.
Its when I see teenagers glued to them that I think 'What can be SO important!?'
You've opened a hornets nest here!
Tony
Tibetan 3 3 England
29 Sep 2012 11:03AM
I never wear a watch, I never have any money in my pocket, I never carry a wallet, I never have or use a mobile, I seldom answer the phone, I never use a credit card, he was phoning his bit on the side while she was away lol. nice concept like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
29 Sep 2012 11:36AM

Quote:I never wear a watch, I never have any money in my pocket, I never carry a wallet, I never have or use a mobile, I seldom answer the phone, I never use a credit card, he was phoning his bit on the side while she was away lol. nice concept like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
A man who travels light. Smile
BarbaraR Plus
9 16 1 England
30 Sep 2012 8:54AM
Like this capture of a moment in modern life very much.
I find it nice to have a break from the phone and even the
computer (while on holiday)
Well done Chris.

B.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
30 Sep 2012 11:05AM
Beautifully composed candid, and I like the write up Smile
Rende
saltireblue Plus
5 5.4k 31 Norway
30 Sep 2012 1:12PM
Clears throat, ready for rant mode...
At work we used to sit and talk at lunchtime, whilst eating and afterwards over the coffee, discussing topical items from the news or papers. Now everyone is in their own personal smart phone bubble, oblivious of their surroundings, and worse, the people in those surroundings. Try starting a topic of conversation and the only response is short grunts that clearly say 'shut up and don't disturb me'

Great catch, Chris, marvellous candid moment.

Malc
frz67 6 10 32 Italy
30 Sep 2012 4:33PM
At least he waited until she left....Tongue
well seen, Chris

francesco
annettep38 Plus
4 217 36 Costa Rica
1 Oct 2012 9:57AM
How well observed.
I was sitting in the GPs waiting room on Thursday.
Twigged that I would have at least an hour to wait. left and right the phones were clicking, games were ding- a -blinging, ipod in the ears... I counted the places in the queue, Went to the car, got the camera and decided that there must be a critter or a plant outside. Nipped back in after 30 mins, asked some when their appointment was supposed to be, went out again till it got to cold round sunset.
There wasn't much outside apart from two firebugs but it was better than watching them with their I-binky or I dummies Smile
BURNBLUE Plus
9 12 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 10:01AM
Great observational skills chris. Like this shot.

Si.
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
3 Oct 2012 4:49PM
lol....very well observed and taken
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
3 Oct 2012 6:49PM
A sign of the times Chris, a superb slice of everyday life captured on on candid camera. I agree with you regarding phones, i don't know how some people could cope without them now, they are becoming like an extra body part!Wink
andmolliethedog 10 120 11 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 8:37AM
Ab fab.....think this is superb and would love to have this in my pf.....perfect
SlowSong Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
5 Oct 2012 8:57AM

Quote:Ab fab.....think this is superb and would love to have this in my pf.....perfect

Wow, thanks. That means a lot to me. Smile
PhillipMinnis 5 94 4 Australia
7 Oct 2012 11:22AM
Yes, I do! Smile Well spotted and captured!


Cheers

Phil
RockArea Plus
9 18 3 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 4:52PM
You're leaning against an open door there but let's not foget about the star of the show, this super image with such lovely light on the old wood, mirrors and glasses. It's backlighting quite a snazzy suit by the look of it. Another lovely little slice of life from the SlowSong camera!

David
B_Real 10 126 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 11:42PM
I don't know why I like this pic, but I just do. It's very relaxing and easy to sympathise with... well done Smile

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