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Tension, Mission Beach, San Diego, California, 2010

I saw this person at a distance, sitting by the sea, hunching forward in a nearly collapsed beach chair. He was talking on a cellular phone while a pair of surfers played on the Pacificís waves behind him. His body language expresses tension, while his context incongruously suggests a place for relaxation and pleasure. I composed the image so that the layered supporting context helps tell the story. The diagonal tire tracks in the sand at bottom echoes the diagonal position of the chairís back, as well as the horizontal thrust of nearby Pacific Beachís Crystal Pier in the background. The anxious man is squeezed between them.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
1/400s f/5.6 at 67.0mm iso100 hide exif
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Date/Time08-Sep-2010 18:09:41
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Focal Length67 mm
Exposure Time1/400 sec
ISO Equivalent100
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Phil Douglis26-Oct-2010 16:27
Good to hear from you, Bernard -- you summarize the message of this image beautifully. I hardly use a cell phone myself -- I rarely give out my number, and use it primarily to ask my wife questions when I am shopping, etc.
Bernard Bosmans26-Oct-2010 05:00
Your 'mobile' man crossed the lines that divide the tumultuous world from the relaxing one and he still can't escape and break away from the daily humdrum. Glad I don't use, what you call across the seas, a cell phone.
Phil Douglis24-Oct-2010 19:35
Thanks, Jenene, for noting that this could be a local who must meet daily obligations while "relaxing" on the beach. And yes, it all comes down to context. Everyday routines carried out in exotic contexts can obscure the special nature of that context.
JSWaters24-Oct-2010 18:26
Most likely a local on break, communicating with an anxious wife or boss! It's funny how we get so accustomed to our environment and what we see everyday as commonplace - even if it's the Pacific ocean and a beautiful, 'relaxing' beach.
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