Have a Nice Trip

I heard this at the airport today, “would the person who left their laptop at TSA screening please return to reclaim their property.”

That was five minutes after I saw a gate agent chase after a man who had left his phone on her kiosk.

It’s just a fact that travel is a huge cognitive disruption for a large swath of the population. Nobody is immune, though experienced travelers use coping mechanisms to lessen the impact.

Count me as a mistake maker, but many of my obsessive habits keep them from escalating much beyond annoyances.

This raised brick in a high traffic pedestrian area in Tulsa is in a completely different category. On my last visit there I had the opportunity to test my reflexes after it caught my foot. I wasn’t watching where I was going while shooting some outdoor portraits. My subject showed her concern by asking me, “did you have a nice trip?”

That little moment of humor brought me back to my senses.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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