Before you begin to eat,
raise your glass in honor
The company is the best you'll ever have.
The key is neither to eat alone, nor never to eat alone. The key is to live without fear of eating alone.
Nothing evokes the end of the world more than a man running straight ahead on a beach, swathed in the sounds of his walkman, cocooned in the solitary sacrifice of his energy, indifferent even to catastrophes since he expects destruction to come only as the fruit of his own efforts, from exhausting the energy of a body that has in his own eyes become useless. ...
The only comparable distress is that of a man eating alone in the heart of the city. You see people doing that in New York, the human flotsam of conviviality, no longer even concealing themselves to eat leftovers in public. But this still belongs to the world of urban, industrial poverty. The thousands of lone men, each running on their own account, with no thought for others, with a stereophonic fluid in their heads that oozes through into their eyes, that is the world of Blade Runner, the post-catastrophe world.
Wow. To me, a lot of these comments seem unnecessarily uptight. I find this collection of photos rather touching, not mean-spirited or exploitative. Maybe because I like to take photos myself and I'm very comfortable with the idea of photographing strangers in public places, with or without consent. I haven't photographed strangers in a while, because I wouldn't be able to say anything meaningful, but I think this tumblr is really well conceived.
I took this photo at the Boston Museum of Fine Art(s?). He was by himself, and he would take his camera, place it on a tripod, stand in front of the camera, and photograph himself in front of various paintings. All with that stoic expression.
Am I a jerk for taking his photo? I didn't ask him for permission. Since I didn't explicitly state my position on lone museum-goers, should you assume that the subtext of this photo is "haha look at this loser by himself in an art museum?"
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