This week, I stumbled into a mini photo project. Pardon the bad pun, given the title, but I had to use it. Normally, I work from home, but this week, due to special circumstances, I had to go into town to work. We had the parts of our team, who live in other states (California, Texas, Rhode Island, Florida, and New York) visiting with us. It was nice to meet them in person. We had meetings, every day, that lasted from 8 AM until 5 PM and there were activities afterwards. The first day, Tuesday, I gave it my all. I attended the meeting, all day, did the team building exercise from 5 – 6 (Scavenger hunt around downtown), and went to dinner from 6 – 8:30 PM. I rode the train back and reached home at around 9:30 PM, or so, totally exhausted and in full “social overload”. I’d been out of the house for nearly 15 hours and with people for about 14 of those. Exhausted. My power levels were pretty much zero.
The next morning, I got up to do it again; however, when I got onto the train, I was not interested in having any conversation, nor making eye contact. I’d not recovered, just yet. I sat in my seat, kept my head down but my eyes open. All that I could see were the bottoms of the seats, the floor, and people’s feet. I started noticing shoes, positions, interactions, etc. I took out my iPhone, fired up the Hipstamatic app, and began taking photos, surreptitiously. It was quite interesting. I was granted with different pairs of feet as people moved in and out of the train.
My favorite interaction is shown at the top. Both of these were teenagers, about 16 or so. At first, the girl was by herself, leaning against the pole, legs straight, legs together, feet together. A few moments later, someone she knew, a boy, entered the train, approached her, and stood in front. Notice how much more relaxed and inviting her pose is. I love body language.
Some of the other photos were taken in downtown Charlotte, during one of the very few breaks that we had during our meetings. I took every opportunity to go outside, sit in the sunshine for a little bit, and take photos of people’s feet as they walked by.
It was a fun little project and it all came about from social overload. I’m sure my fellow introverts understand the premise.