Sooo, time. I totally agree that our perceptions of time will vary depending on the material resources we possess. Someone fiddlin’ with a bunch of different gadgets at hand could say that an hour went by in a flash. But someone just sitting by themselves somewhere like a park with nothing else to distract them could feel like an hour went on forever. I can see pros and cons to each side. If you’re delayed at an airport and don’t want to be reminded of how long you’re waiting by just sitting and doing nothing, then you can distract yourself with music or a laptop or a phone. Then it would seem that the time flew by. But say you are in a park on a warm, sunny day. Would you really want to pass that leisure time by playing around on a phone? Or would you rather spend the time just lying on the grass in the sun, savoring each passing moment? I would definitely go for the latter. I went to a lecture last night and heard noted landscape photographer Michael Kenna speak. He was absolutely fabulous. His photos are breathtaking. One of his key points was talking about how he likes to find places that have a sense of quiet and solitude. It gives him a chance to take in his surroundings. Basically, he spends a lot of time at the locations he visits. He likes to spend a lot of time just being alone with his thoughts. And given the fact that he still works exclusively with film and will have exposures upwards of ten hours, he has plenty of time to be alone. And he spends it with minimal to almost no technology at hand. He feels that all the different gadgets we possess create too much frenzy and chaos and make us feel like we can’t slow down. And I totally agree.