When I came to visit this park with sculptures I was not expecting to see the Pokémon Go phenomenon. I had come here to have a look at the artwork and when I arrived I saw all these people staring at their phone playing Pokémon Go quietly. I was literally the only person in this whole park not playing the game or with someone playing. It was surreal and fascinating.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading and thinking about the future of work. Obviously truck driving is going to be changed when autonomous vehicles take over that job. What I hadn’t realized was the sheer number of truck drivers in the world. There is a staggering number of them. In that vein I decided to stop at the “World’s Largest Truckstop” on my last photography trip to learn more.
As I was wandering around making photographs this gentleman approached me. He said “Hey, can you make any money doing that?” referring to photography. I said if you work hard enough and long enough maybe, just maybe you can make a little money. He told me he was a truck driver and that he was thinking about taking up photography. He’d been “making a little bit of money” making YouTube slideshows of photography. I told him to email me and we could continue the conversation online. He’s holding my card in his hand in this photograph. When I asked if I could take a photo of him he decided to pose like this. I guess he wanted to look tough. He never got in touch.
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