Travel and Documentary Photographer Bharat Patel is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From the project ‘Mobile Dependence’. To see Bharat’s body of work, click on any image.
These series of images of people were taken at bus stops as they wait for their buses. Whereas a decade ago people may be reading newspapers or books while they wait, now the waiting time is predominantly taken up by the mobile phone. It has turned from a technological tool to a social tool. Though people use the mobile phone in many positive ways it has created rifts in peer relationships. The mobile device has become a companion and a friend without which it may be difficult to pass our time. One would rather text someone on the other side of the world than talk to someone sitting on the same bench. While we are busy establishing new remote relationships, we lose the more immediate one. These images were taken without the knowledge of the subjects. They were taken on the Streets of Oxford over several visits. The aim was to show how the world is getting smaller, yet we remain disconnected from someone right next to us.
All images and text © Bharat Patel
By Bharat Patel
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