Modern Relics | Mountain Bell

The phone booth is all but obsolete. I NEVER pass up a chance to photograph a phone booth. It’s like living in a real life apocalyptic landscape. The phone booths are just the first evidence of our society’s decline, along with the empty mega-mart building ruins, old Blockbuster Video Stores and 7-11s. that sounds crazy to me, but it also seems true.

Who is responsible for removing pay phones from the public streets that are no longer in use? It seems that they are just left there to rot. I guess it doesn’t bother me as it is infinitely more interesting than the cookie cutter world that surrounds us.

It looks like the decline of society on the surface, but I suppose that it could also be viewed as the rapid advancement of our society. We invent new ways to communicate so fast that we can’t get rid of the old technology fast enough.

Either way, I love pay phones. How many millions of conversations have happened in this spot? How many kids called their parents collect in an emergency from this phone? 911 calls, people ordering food, calling their banks, making drug deals. This one phone has so many stories, and has been touched by so many people. It has a human-ness to it. If human-ness is a word. Welcome to my brain.

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Up late, pushing towards graduation from Community College, so I can move on to bigger things. These are a few images that I wanted to share with you for another “on-going project” I’m working on. Again, a good number of my “projects” are basically ways I can categorize all the images my brain is telling me to capture. I snap the shutter on whatever camera I am using obsessively. I don’t hold back, and that results in having a large body of work to sift through and look for patterns. When I see a person sleeping in public, I marvel at their ability to just tune out the world around them and take a snooze. I imagine some of them are most likely drunk or have some sort of condition that causes them to just plop down and close their eyes. I couldnt sleep in public unless I passed out, I just wouldn’t feel safe sleeping in the middle of Downtown Denver.

Things are extremely hectic for me right now. The semester is winding down, tomorrow I have to get up in front of a small class and give a visual presentation on the issue of e-waste. Environmental Science is so damn depressing. Sociology too. Those classes are just killing my postive vibe. I say this to let you know, that I am not ignoring your comments or your blogs, I am just pre-occupied with a thousand different things. Working on my relationship with my 19 and 15 year old sons, taking care of my 3 year old daughter, being a college student, transitioning to a new school, transitioning to a new standard of living (within the next two years, we are going to completely blow up our lifestyle and hit the road), being a good partner to my girlfriend and working on our own relationship.. I don’t know how people have time for friendships, without completely sacrificing any time for themselves. My life is busy to say the least. I guess that activity is the key to longevity in life, at least I hope that is the case.

 

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