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Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Also this is very close to where a local murder was carried out (off to the left of this payphone). You can read an article on it here.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
This is a great addition to the site. However, I have no more information on it. It was simply emailed to me saying it was an Afghani payphone. Please when contributing it would be great to have as much info about the payphone (telephone number and it's location).
Never the less, still great. Would be neat to have it's number? I would most definitely call it to see the local response.
Friday, 26 March 2010
I don't know if you know that the GPO/PO/BT refer to payphones etc as 'Call Offices' dating from the early days of telephones where a person without a telephone would got to somewhere that had a telephone specifically set up for use of people who called in (in the days before kiosks). Most were in the telephone exchange whilst others were in a local shop. The person would go in and the call would be made and the fee collected. These were known as 'attended call offices'. These survived well into modern times ! The last one I know of was 'Rheinigidale 1' on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. This was the UK's last single digit telephone number in use until the early 1990's in a remote croft in a village that could only be reached by sea (a road has since reached the village!). Rheinigidale is spelt in many ways - this OS map has the older Anglicised spelling - Rainigadale
You can listen to an excerpt (from a BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Secret Life of Telephone Numbers' that resulted from the BBC contacting me!) about the Rheinigidale call office on 01859 598 001 (01859 is the code for 'Harris' - probably a free call in the evenings/weekends from your BT phone?)
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Thursday, 25 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
+442072533798, +442074908792 and +442072531111 United Kingdom, England, London, Old Street Underground Station Entrance, EC1V 9NR
+442072533798, +442074908792 and +442072531111 United Kingdom, England, London, Old Street Underground Station Entrance, EC1V 9NRAwesome addition here and a real great photo, one of my favourite. You've got a guy to the left selling all sorts. He can be found most days of the week here and if you'll notice he's got a dog with him. I really like of the trade mobile signs contrast well against what could be seen as the old means of telecommunications (our payphone). I love this picture. In the shot above you can't see in but there's a further two payphones off to the right. There numbers are; +442072533798, +442074908792.
The series of pictures below are from a more recent visit.
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Follow this link it is a crazy recording taken by NOMADCOWATBK, winding up the regulars in this subway. I am warning you now. THERE IS A LOT OF SWEARING, only watch it if you have a malicious sense of humour. You can here Marco and his lady, Tony as well as dosser Dave.
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Sunday, 14 March 2010
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This is one of the many rural payphones which have been converted to the credit/debit card system that charges extortionate rates. This conversion was carried out in recent years as a way to reduce the running cost of BT telephone boxes, and is probably actually cheaper than removing them. Sadly in the age of mobile phones, most rural telephone boxes are no longer used on a regular basis and many look just like this one (which is local to me). It stands disused with some of the glass panels broken or missing, and the "credit card" telephone inside is covered in cobwebs. Who knows how much longer these will be around but we should enjoy them while they last. Thankfully this particular phone box was re-painted in recent years after a long spell of looking very pink and faded.
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Thursday, 11 March 2010
Some of us are too old to use cellphones, so they stick us in a phone booth to get us out of the way
Ed Yourdon for this excellent shot. Thanks Ed.
This was taken at Broadway and 74th Street. The man sitting on the right is collecting donations for some charitable institution; I don't know who was in charge of the old woman on the left...
Note: this photo was published in a Sep 22, 2009 blog titled "When the Universe won't leave you alone…." It was also published in a Jan 10, 2010 "Hot Mobile Phone Offers" blog with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page
Looking back on some old photos from 40-50 years ago, I was struck by how visible the differences were between the culture of then, versus the culture of now. In some cases, it was evident from the things people wore, or carried, or did, back then which they no longer do today. But sometimes it was the opposite: things that didn't exist back in the 1960s and 1970s have become a pervasive part of today's culture.
A good example is the cellphone: 20 years ago, it simply didn't exist. Even ten years ago, it was a relatively uncommon sight, and usually only on major streets of big cities. Today, of course, cell phones are everywhere, and everyone is using them in a variety of culture contexts.
However, I don't think this is a permanent phenomenon; after all, if you think back to the early 1980s, you probably would have seen a lot of people carrying Sony Walkmans, or "boom-box" portable radios -- all of which have disappeared...
If Moore's Law (which basically says that computers double in power every 18 months) holds up for another decade, then we'll have computerized gadgets approximately 100 times smaller, faster, cheaper, and better -- which means far better integration of music, camera, messaging, and phone, but also the possibility of the devices being so tiny that they're embedded into our eyeglasses, our earrings, or a tattoo on our forehead.
So the point of this album is to provide a frame of reference -- so that we can (hopefully) look back 10-20 years from now, and say, "Wasn't it really weird that we behaved in such bizarre ways while we interacted with those primitive devices?"
Once upon a time, I used to call my friends from payphones like this. Now I'm afraid I'll get swine flu if I touch it...
This great picture has been added thanks to Ed Yourdon.
He also has plenty of other cool payphone pictures here.
The streets were wet when I got up a few days ago, and the weather forecast called for rain throughout the day. Consequently, I decided to spend my half-hour of daily "photography time," during my lunch-break, down in the subway station, where I knew I could stay dry. Since I had a mid-afternoon appointment on 72nd Street, I decided that instead of photographing at my own local subway stop, I would take the train down town and hunker down in a quiet corner to see what came my way. I found a quiet bench on the down town side of the 72nd Street IRT line, and sat patiently to see what would happen across the tracks, on the uptown side... Later in the afternoon, when it was time to head back home, I spent half an hour sitting on the uptown side of the tracks, waiting to see how people were behaving across the way...
As is often the case, I got a consistent sense of solitude, isolation, wistfulness and even loneliness on the part of the subway riders I was observing; maybe the gloomy weather up above made them all pensive, or maybe that's the way they always are, when alone in the subway. Whatever the reason, there were only one or two cases where I saw people laughing, smiling, or chatting cheerfully with one another.
As with the last subway group that I shot at ISO 6400, there's a little bit of noise/graininess in these images -- but I decided to leave them that way. I did adjust the "hot spots" (areas over-exposed from the fluorescent lighting in the subway station) and "cold spots" (shadows and dark areas), and punched up the color a little bit. But aside from that, this is yet another view of the typical daytime scene on a typical NYC subway line...
Note: this woman certainly doesn't look pregnant; nevertheless, this photo was published as an illustration in an undated (Nov 2009) Squidoo blog titled "SWINE FLU AND PREGNANT WOMEN" It was also published as an illustration in an undated (Nov 2009) blog titled "Women and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome."
Note: this photo was published as #380 on Flickr's "Explore" page on Nov 1, 2009.
Moving into 2010, it was published as an illustration in an undated (Jan 2010) Squidoo blog titled "Difficulty in ovulation." I don't know why anyone would look at this photo and have any thoughts whatsoever about ovulation ... but who am I to say? It was also published in an undated (Jan 2010) The Pregnancy Health blog with the same title as the citation that I used on this Flickr page.
Over the years, I've seen various photos of the NYC subway "scene," usually in black-and-white format. But during a recent class on street photography at the NYC International Center of Photography (ICP), I saw lots and lots of terrific subway shots taken by my fellow classmates ... so I was inspired to start taking a few myself.
So far, I'm taking photos in color; I don't feel any need to make the scene look darker and grimier than it already is. To avoid disruption, and to avoid drawing attention to myself, I'm not using flash shots; but because of the relatively low level of lighting, I'm generally using an ISO setting of 800 or 1600 -- except for my most recent photos with my new Nikon D700, which are all shot at ISO 6400.
I may eventually use a small "pocket" digital camera, but the initial photos have been taken with my somewhat large, bulky Nikon D700 DSLR. If I'm photographing people on the other side of the tracks in a subway station, there's no problem holding up the camera, composing the shot, and taking it in full view of everyone -- indeed, hardly anyone pays attention to what's going on across the tracks, and most people are lost in their own little world, reading a book or listening to music. But if I'm taking photos inside a subway car, I normally set the camera lens to a wide angle (18mm) setting, point it in the general direction of the subject(s), and shoot without framing or composing.
So far it seems to be working ... we'll see how it goes...
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A payphone at a Burger King burgers restaurant in Newport News, VA, on 12913 Jefferson Ave, in the Richneck Shopping Center.
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Faisal Sultan for this.
Pay phones at the Tokyo Narita airport. This is the very first shot I took upon landing in Japan. I cant wait to go back! In my 2 weeks in Japan - I never saw one person using a pay phone, yet they are everywhere. This is obviously due to the Japanese love for their keitais. So why the payphones continue to exist is a mystery.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
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