Last Thursday, I checked the weather forecast and saw that we were expecting low to mid 70 degree temperatures. I called Tim and asked if he’d like to ride down to Greenville, SC and take some photos. Of course, he said that he’d like to and mentioned that he’d never been. Perfect. So, off we went on Saturday morning, around 11:00 AM.
Upon arriving, around 1:00 PM, we parked at the library and made our walk to the main downtown area of Greenville. As I expected, the area was crowded with people. Of course, I had my Leica around my neck, Tim was toting the D300, which he is becoming quite adept at using.
Eventually, we made our way down to the the park on the edge of the Reedy River, Reedy River Falls Park. The park was crowded with all manner of folk varying in age, color, sex, you name it. Everyone was just having a great time in the fine weather.
As we walked around, I noticed lots of teenagers all ‘plugged’ in. There were people sitting in groups wearing iPods, using smart phones to connect to the web, text, or do whatever, and a large number of laptops. The park, after all, has free Wi-Fi, too. Huh? Free Wi-Fi in the park, you say? Have we become so enamored with technology that we cannot even go to the park without Wi-Fi?
So, we continued to walk. Tim was taking pictures of something and I happened to look up and notice a teenager with a laptop, sitting on a hammock. Huh? The picture was just too perfect to pass up. I made my way around the path, got behind him, framed it up, fired off a few shots, and continued on. He was, of course, totally oblivious to the whole thing as he was so focused on his laptop, not giving a care about the beauty spread out before him, only concerned with what was on his screen.
Connected with Wi-Fi, yet totally disconnected with everything else. Hmmmmm. I know that we don’t need to all appreciate the same things. Perhaps it’s just nice to use your laptop out in the sunshine and to feel a breeze. Enjoyment comes in many forms, I suppose.