This image hit me like a ton of bricks, and I instantly connected to it. Its jumbled, twists and turns of wires only reminded me of the electronic and virtual connection between us all.
It is funny how I can love a friend so dearly, that I have never, ever met but yet sit next to someone on a bus and all but ignore them as I tap on my 5.25 inch mobile screen. As much as this ever-expanding digital world has connected us and drawing us together, introducing us to people and events we otherwise would have never had the chance to meet and experience, it has at the same time pushed us physically apart, from our everyday real world lives. Joyous births and sorrowful passings are readily and quickly announced on social media as well as all the wonderful and tragic events in between.
The only constant in this world is change, and the only thing that can stop a people is progress. we have long since passed the point of no return, as each of us had become entangled in our own personal wired web.
On my way walking back from Firestone, I happened upon this adorable mailbox. I love mailboxes, bridges and flashlights. Don’t ask why, I just do.
As I took the picture, it led me to think that although it has been a staple of neighborhoods across the country for ages, it is getting very little use these days. As many people have turned to email, text messaging and other forms of electronic communication, the tried-and-true mailbox is getting less and less personal use. As creditors and other bill collectors offer virtual payment due notifications as well as online and mobile payment systems, the mailbox stands basically as a pretty symbol. It has stood the test of time and weathered the storm, but there’s one thing that old-world items cannot stand against: the unbelievable force of the Digital Age.
The one institution that is taking it squarely on the chin is the U.S. Postal System. The look, feel and thrill of receiving an actual letter, is all but forgotten these days. With Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook waving the banner of our everyday lives, few if any people sit down and create an actual letter. However, I personally have one. My dear friend, Katherine, takes the time, effort and love to send me a postcard from wherever in the world she may be, as close as her home in Colorado or as far as her new adventure in Japan. And in that, my love and caring for her is anything but virtual.
Take a good look. We’ve all seen this before, though we rarely recognize it when so plainly put. A choice. Pure and simple. Left or right, up or down, job or college… right or wrong. Each and every day of our lives is filled with choices. Some so little we barely notice, and yet subconsciously do. And some so large and frightening that we freeze in our tracks, and do nothing. But choose we must, and choose we will. So, choose wisely.
While walking our local 1/4 mile path, I noticed this majestic tree that somehow loss a significant part of itself. Obviously, the fallen limb has died away, without the care, love and nourishment of the trunk itself. To get deep, for a moment, it can be said that without the close connection to family and friends, a small part of us “dies away” when we too are forced to break away.
It hit me like an explosion. An explosion of color! I was in Publix for milk, lemonade and bananas. I picked a bunch of bananas and grabbed one of those thin plastic fruit bags for transport. With bananas in one hand and the still closed bag in the other, I was one hand short, so I placed my yellow bananas atop a group of green bananas. Immediately, I saw The Picture! Just as immediately, I whipped out my Galaxy S5 and snapped a quick photo. Yes! Spontaneous Photography was born!
Here’s how I created the term, in four words: Just Take the Shot! Simply put, when something interesting, creative and/or thought provoking grabs your attention, just take the shot! Before it gets away, you over think it or Life intrudes. You see, an image in Spontaneous Photography can be purely beautiful, even if no one really sees it… but You!