I know it seems ultra simple but I just had to shoot this because this has become an aspect of urban life that is rarely seen anymore. For me, it’s a historical and sociological record.
Before the invention of the telephone, no one would have seen anyone use a payphone. We can still look at old photos without scenes like this and think nothing of it. It’s to be expected. I consider; nonetheless, how society and history changed after the earliest images from the pioneers of street photography. Phone booths became so ubiquitous in cities around the world, and the inspiration of factual and fictional emergency response.
Superman changed his clothes in them before leaping forth to save humanity from devouring itself. Dr. Who converted one into a time machine from which to explore dimensions and parallel universes. Police boxes were for the exclusive use of English Bobbies who needed quick access to a makeshift police station. A loved one stranded in the far end of town or the next city over in a car accident might be able to call home for help if a phone booth was in the vicinity. Phone booths even became a highly important piece of the strategy to help lost, wayward and suicidal kids living on the streets.
As technology continues to change civilization, I believe there will come a day when a sight like this will never be seen again. As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end. I just wanted to record this moment. Not take what we’ve had for granted.