To improve my photography, I am participating in a free ten-day course from WordPress, Developing Your Eye. Although I am an entire week late, I am proceeding much more closely to schedule now and today’s theme for a photography exercise is the idea of “connection,” however it’s interpreted.
Millions and millions of people have connected to the Internet. It is incredible to think how much goes on that so many styles of content are unique to specific demographics and outside the range of what you are yourself encountering when you use the Internet. You may even find yourself extolled to forego these channels of communication and return to the physical realm of real interpersonal networking and socializing.
One example of connection is what happens in a coffee shop, clearly. So many creative types find themselves drawn to coffee shops for the conversation, but they appeal to many, many others regardless of the propensity to show up as creatives or not. In some coffee shops you can take advantage of free Wi-Fi, as well, so if you are not there to read materials like books or newspapers, or to take advantage of the opportunity to eavesdrop, you could be there for the purpose of availing yourself of the Internet in a public atmosphere as well.
I took a photo of a coffee shop from the vantage point of just outside the drive-through lane, where you can see people getting their wares to go while inside the restaurant is very busy and active. I hope you like it.
I took a second photo, as well, because while a public spot like a coffee shop is a tangible meeting place to “connect,” I don’t want to overlook the fact that in the same plaza where I took the first photo there is a camera shop, which I couldn’t resist photographing given that I am participating in a photography course. I am sure they sell high-end cameras in there, although I have never traversed the premises except to walk by. You can see, though, the highlights of their gear on the sign hanging above it, and that idea reinforces what is often the end result of connections forged: the image captured.
Particularly when smartphone images go straight to social media, when a noteworthy moment has occurred, it goes almost without saying that these are the tools of the Internet, and I wanted myself to quickly capture the photo and return to blogging.
The first five days of the exercise were delayed mid-course by the arrival of Christmas and by the extreme winter conditions, as well as my general procrastination trying to think how best to tackle the course. The course is written for beginner-level photographers, and I am a beginner, but a little more seasoned than that, I think, as I have been taking photos consistently since the beginning of 2013. It is five years of taking photos, so perhaps I should own up and admit that I have put a little work into the hobby of photography, however much I admit I’ve never been schooled.
Connections are formed on the Internet on a nonstop basis and while the minutia of examining the human trait of connecting can be evaluated in a myriad of scopes and designs, the connections that consistently strike me as the most interesting among humans are the way people intently gravitate to assigning their lives to the Internet and presenting themselves on social media and elsewhere in a way that has never been done, where individualism and self-representation have never been done in such an unchecked manner.