photo by Nick DeWolf
I had an unexpected grief-like reaction to this photo from the mid-1970s. These girls are happy, free, having a great day; but if you took the same image today it’s likely both of them would have some device in their hands or pocket that allowed them to tell others just how good a day they were having. We can no longer live in the moment. Even if they both left their phones at home, half the people they met on the path would be talking or texting or updating their status. I’m certainly not immune to this — I feel a panic if I leave the house without my iPhone — I just felt such a yearning for the past when this simple photo caught my eye.