Are things getting worse?

Politics, obviously (at least if you're British or American). Climate change isn't going too well either. But technology, that just keeps improving. Mostly.

Remember this? To be honest, I partly wanted to share it for the beauty of the plane, the beauty of the image, and because it's Bristol, the place I'd probably still most consider to be home. 15 years ago, the last flight of Concorde, and commercial flights have never been as fast since then.

Maybe that's an obvious example, the exception that proves the rule? As a consumer, I think there are many other examples. Internet search is now full of ads and click-bate. Many 'news' headlines aren't much better. Cars are much harder to fix, laptops much harder to upgrade if you want to add more memory or replace the battery. Instagram is now full of ads.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy to alive today with the technology and tools and gadgets that we have available. I love that we can do so much digitally, despite the organic appeal of record players and film cameras and older sports cars that weren't crammed full of electronics. I don't want to trade my X-T3 for an old 35mm, or my Pixel for a flip phone. I doubt I'd be flying on Concorde even if it, or it's successor, was still in service. Most technology is better. But there is still plenty of opportunity for those that want to see change, who think there's a better way, and are willing to try to make it happen.

photo by Lewis Whyld


Headshot, portrait, street and documentary photographer in NYC and Jersey City

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