I totally understand your concerns. As someone who roams the streets looking for people to photograph as Scott does, I can attest that MOST people are walking around either talking on a phone, texting, or listening to music through headphones. In some regards it becomes a artful balance: on one hand you certainly don’t want them doing these things when you photograph them, but on another hand, the natural element accounts for a critical reason for stopping to photograph them in the first place (i.e., maybe you have that woman stop texting and look up, but the entire magic of the moment is lost). Some people look cooler engaged in activities, it’s just a shame that 75% of those activities involve a phone now. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that all portraits of this type are bad, though. http://lordashbury.com
I agree with you. Electronic devices are part of the environment hence they account as natural elements that shall be included in the shot.
It’s a bit frightening when you realize that nowadays individuals tend to live vicariously through electronic devices (and I’m probably the worst one!)
I am sure they would stop if Scott wanted them to, but obviously he likes to take photos of people doing what they are naturally doing. And what do you mean staring aimlessly at their phone? Are you seriously No offense but that is seriously clueless. People look at their phone for a purpose. To talk to friends, to keep in touch with their office, to find out what their mom wants…generally to communicate with the important people in their life. Things they would have to stay indoors and do if they didn’t have a phone. You are mixing up cause and effect.