Technology can be beautiful: World Press Photo Of The Year captures modern mobile life

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

26 February 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti -- African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East. Photo: John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic

26 February 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti — African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East. Photo: John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic

An image of people holding their phones up to a bright full moon would normally imply that they are Instagramming or Snapchatting it to their friends. But John Stanmeyer, a photographer for VII and National Geographic, captured a moment on the shores of Djibouti City, where migrants gather to try catch a cell connection from Somalia. The photo portrays a romantic look at the globalization of technology and what technology means to people around the globe. On Friday…

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