Last Week’s Instagram

Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. The pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.

63 thoughts on “Last Week’s Instagram

  1. I laughed aloud when I saw this one. I absolutely love the humor in it. The only one not staring at her phone is staring at her glasses instead, as though thinking, “Why can’t I see?”

  2. Hi Otto – I agree with Robert Quiet above – the starkness of the B&W helps make a statement about isolation and lack of interaction. Kind of a grim portrait, although I see Linda found humor in the woman staring at her glasses, as if she’s never seen such an object before. The photo also had an impact on me, because one of the women is a dead ringer for one of my aunts. Except my aunt is almost always smiling!

  3. Judging by the clock one might assume they are catching up on the day’s events. But given our propensity to stare at the phone these days to avoid all other human contact that might be giving them too much credit. Avoiding human contact is seemingly an oxymoron as most of us communicate by phone rather than eye contact. Why talk to the person next to you when there is someone more interesting elsewhere, I guess. B&W definitely gives it more gravitas.

  4. Time is relevant in the moment as the clock above shows in the background. Slouching postures, phones in hand…. not a smile in sight as the minutes of life pass by them by. Life in ‘2020’… we aren’t seeing so good! We need new glasses! Great image Otto!

  5. Otto, this is a powerful image; you have captured the ‘apathy of existing.’ They look almost as if they are prisoners – hobbled by invisible chains and unable to move out of the scene (and to more-interesting lives). It would be wistful to think that their postures were due to Covid parameters, but I think that they reflect the changing culture – where people exist in a gadget-induced brain (and emotional) fog.

    Your news of the upcoming book is great! I hope that one of these years when perusing bookstores in airports – on one of my trips back to the USA (will that ever happen again?!) – I would see your book prominently displayed and selling well!
    (Honestly; when I return via the New Orleans airport, my first stop is the bookstore – before going to claim luggage! I stand and peruse most all of the new books, ask about a few, and then step into a world of reverse culture shock!)

    1. Thank you for the lovely words about my new book. However, at least for the time being, it is only going to be an eBook. But who knows? You description about entering a bookstore, I recognize very well. And I am not even starved from the experience, but enjoy it on a regular basis. 🙂

  6. Oh my … what would we do without our phones! At least during this time of COVID they are helpful in allowing us to stay connected. My iphone tells me my screen time was up last week … I need to fix that … too much is not good!

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