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This is my last shot for the moment from the Oakland waterfront at Jack London Square. As I walked along the promenade I came upon steps leading down to the water's edge. I noticed this young woman who had found space as far away from passersby as possible to have a telephone conversation. I didn't wish to interrupt her, but I definitely wanted to take this photo. I paused at the top of the steps and brought my camera up, hoping she wouldn't notice my invasion of her privacy. I took two quick shots before moving along.

I doubt it is different in other parts of the world, but in the United States cell phones have become a fact of life, to the point that a woman took a call last Sunday as the movie was about to begin, explaining to her friend that she couldn't take the call as people around her were groaning. Had she not thought about turning off her phone and ignoring the call?

This woman at least sought a bit of privacy for her conversation rather than sharing her woes with the rest of a disinterested world. I couldn't hear what she was saying, nor did I want to. But I definitely wanted to document the phenomenon of cell phone conversations in public spaces. Welcome to the modern world!

Sepia and a bit of grain after rotating and cropping.

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