More Milano

More Milano


Laying in wait on the upper floor, shutterbug captures the lone human loitering amidst Cafe Milano’s foliage. One click and this rare book reading endangered creature is preserved for curious future generations reared on hand-held computer textual pods. Ah the days of paper and ink books are counting down even as we post this rare antique film image.


  1. August 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Evocative, in fact I really like all your B&W work…its got soul.

    • August 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      “Soul”–I like that, FJ. Oh yeah. Some of that Big Woman Voice in photography? Now that’s a cool concept.

  2. artistatexit0 said,

    August 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I have friends who were remembering the old television sets, music playing systems, and even something as recent as video gaming systems. Among photographer friends…debates about digital versus analog occur. I think in part it was nostalgia for a “simpler time” although I’m not completely convinced that it was because a lot of groundwork for today was laid then. I also suspect that there is a ground swell of fatigue setting in as more and more people realize how intrusive technology has become. We have lost whatever sense of privacy we once had. I also wonder a lot about how the rate of change is happening faster now than people’s ability to adapt. This is obviously a very deep topic!

    • August 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm

      I agree with several of your comments, artistatexit0. The rate of change has been pretty fast in comparison to other changes. And the lack of privacy is appalling. When I first started really doing things on the www it took some real effort to do what is really quick now in regards to ‘finding’ other people. Authors were ready and willing to have direct communication regarding books for reviews and interviews. Now they’ve backed off for the most part because it’s like being under seige from so many online intrusions. I don’t blame them at all. It’s like an overload of information on people–and I’ve had reason to discover a great deal of it can be very inaccurate–it’s just nonstop data entry gone insane. It seems the only way to have any privacy is to go entirely off the grid. And that has obvious drawbacks—and upsides.

  3. echostains said,

    August 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Oh very Orwellian! feels like 1984 before 1984 – great image of what we hope shall never become an outmoded past time:)

    • August 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      Loitering in a cafe with a good book? Shudder–1984–seems to be manifesting all around us with those cameras everywhere one drives, in stores, and online. YIKES.

  4. artistatexit0 said,

    August 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I like this image too! I’ve talked with friends recently who became wistful about outmoded technology. I don’t doubt that antique lovers of the future will be debating the merits and fine points of these devices as though they were prized first editions. I won’t be one of those people.

    • August 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      “these devices”–please clarify just a tade, artistatexitO.
      There is a great deal of outmoded tech stuff that I couldn’t care less about. And hatred of my cell phone has sprouted–you can’t get away from the phone unless it leave it home. Which, incidenttally, I’ve been doing more and more. Or just turning it off. Otherwise–more ‘like’ from/for you is music to my ears. Thank kyou.

  5. lesliepaints said,

    August 28, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Love the photo. I hope paper books do not become extinct. I would miss the feel of turning a page, the carrying the bulk of it. The accomplishment I feel upon closing it at the end of a read. It is hard to see some things change.

    • August 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm

      Yes, Leslie, it is hard to see some things change. I know some people who adore their kindles for books but I share you enjoyment of physically turning paper pages–that tactile experience of it. Other things just NEED to change–like the entire oil scenario.

  6. Roxie said,

    August 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I love how this near extinct habit is captured in black and white: genius!

  7. slpmartin said,

    August 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Oh this very cute.

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