Looking Back…

29 Nov


My aim has always been not to put myself in a shot. But today the opportunity that presented itself was an exception. Although I do not think it counts as you have to look hard for a man subtly taking a pic with his iPhone.
I took note of other people today as I used public transport to get to and from Melbourne for work. It is quite interesting watching the range of individuals embarking and disembarking, wondering what their story is.
This is what I saw: a girl bent over her phone for an entire half hour journey, a fidgety man who changed seats three times in almost three minutes, two male strangers sharing a wry smile as the man changed seats, a large man reading an e-book on his iPad for an hour, a woman helping a young mother carry her pram with child on to the train and checking she was settled before she found her own seat, a middle aged man speaking loudly on a mobile phone and gesticulating with his hands. As I sat near the big screen I heard an old lady complaining into a phone about misinterpreted directions to the train station. And there I sat for a time. Humanity…


Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Looking Back…

  1. medg

    November 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

    You have to love the stories you find as we go about our everyday life. It’s like snippets of conversation that you hear as you pass by. I often wonder where they begin and where they end.

  2. Anonymous

    November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Is that a giant mirror or screen showing a shot from a webcam type thing?? I’d be the person reading on the iPad – I almost always have it with me if I’m traveling anywhere …

  3. Anonymous

    November 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    @medg – Thanks for the comment. The train is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of human beings and what we are all about. Sometimes I wonder whether we are all thinking the same thing…what the person next to us is thinking.Jo F – Thanks for the comment Jo. Great to hear from you.It is a giant video screen located at Federation Square in Melbourne. It is a webcam that films a part of the square. I’m with you in terms of the iPad. E-books have grown on me this year. I have some to read over the summer break.Cheers,Rick

  4. Anonymous

    January 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I know im a tad late, just reading through your archives. one, ive always hated when people put themselves in pictures, it ruins the picture, distracts from the focus. And two, sometimes while in melbourne especially, i play a game along the lines of what medg was saying, except i see how long i can keep listening to the conversation… just analysing the way in which we humans converse. Unfortunately i often ruin my game by realising how creepy im being.


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