That’s a famous quote attributed to Mark Twain. Too bad Samuel Clemens never took his own advice. It might have saved him from bankruptcy. Then again, if Clemens didn’t go broke he wouldn’t have circumnavigated the globe giving lectures to pay his debts in full.
The dearth of land in urban areas means an ongoing lack of personal space. The coping mechanism is plain old sharing.
Tight quarters on public transit, crowded sidewalks and communal seating in cafes and restaurants are just a few examples.
When faced with finding a place to sit in a busy Starbucks or at lunch hour in the park, it’s always a treat to get an inviting glance from someone with nonverbal communication that says, “pull up a chair.”
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.