Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Anonymous Traveller

I never know if the photos I take are much good, but I like this one. She was on a number 59 tram heading for Airport West. I surreptitiously took a snap of her. I felt as if I was invading her privacy. Would she be sixty? Her clothing was fine, but not expensive. She was texting away to someone. Her husband? Her children? A friend? A lover?

A few still hold against mobile phones, but you can tell that they are all pervasive when you see older people quite competently using them.

I can easily tell that she feels the cold. I was in a short sleeved shirt. I wonder what her life story is?

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:43 pm

    I love how some of the older people can grasp technology. But HATE that younger people tend to abuse it, especially on the train.

    Looks too serious for texting a lover :D

    Michelle

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  2. oh Michelle ... nothing is more serious than texting a lover.

    Jeepers HR, I am 62 and that woman is 70 at least. Granma is txting 000 saying
    'on 59 trm now weird guy photographing me'

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  3. aah i love watching someone interesting on public transport. Was on a tram tonight going up your way, or past your way, when a vagrant got on and stood next to me in all his smelling glory. I had to try not to breathe until I could get off the tram again. Phwoar.

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  4. Michelle they also seem able to ignore my glares at them whey they are talking too loudly.

    Emstacks, if she was using a mobile, then perhaps she is tech savvy and has a blog. Just in case, I was being kind. Thanks for the chuckle.

    Fen, that is horrible. A few years ago I became so sick of stinking people I said to one guy, mate, you really need a bath. I should have added 'in disinfectant'.

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  5. She's at least seventy and is probably texting: 'Why didn't you pick me up from bowls you selish bugger? Surely your golf game has finished by now! Yours, Dulcie.'

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  6. Seventy you reckon Kath. My step mother is over seventy and our Brighton Antique Dealer friend is 75 and they both text. But I can't say very well. No caps, no punctuation and after sending a birthday text message to Step Mother, she did not turn her phone on until two days later and then received the message.

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  7. I would place her in her 70's. My sister is 60 and she looks a whole lot older...I love watching people - how did you get away with taking this photo without being seen

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  8. She was so busy texting MC, she was completely unaware of what was going on around her. I was subtle too.

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