“Choose your favorite spade and dig a small, deep hole, located deep in the forest or a desolate area of the desert or tundra. Bury your cell phone and then find a hobby.”
― Nick Offerman

I am not yet ready to bury my cell phone, but I have become more mindful about how much time it is taking away from real interaction.

One summer, a very close friend came to visit me for a period of time.  She had recently acquired a “smart” phone.  This was long before most people had one.  I remember, vividly, how I felt sad because she was paying more attention to her phone than she was paying to having a conversation with me.

What I felt was so odd, at the time, has now become a way of life.  There are so many precious life moments, interactions, and observations being missed because we are all glued to our cell phones.

While traveling in the Grand Teton National Park last summer, I had the thought to do a series of images.  This thought came to me as I saw a young man staring at his cell phone while sitting on the edge of one of the most beautiful lakes I had ever encountered.  It was then that I thought I would make a series of images in a collection titled, You’re Missing It.

This week’s composite is the first in my You’re Missing It series.

You’re Missing It!

What have you been missing?

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

Comments (6)

  1. I look forward to the rest of this series. Such a good reminder of how we are letting ourselves get distracted from what is really important in this world. Love your work.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, kindly, Nancy! Hope our paths cross again soon!

  2. There is some absolute truth here, Mary, but I can remember my father saying much the same thing about my sister using a transistor radio with earbuds.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Earbuds were only the beginning:)! Will you be attending the annual meeting this year, Bill?

  3. A great idea Mary.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Dan!

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