Carmi at the blog "Written, Inc." posts a photographic challenge each week at Thematic Photographic. This week, the theme is "Strangers in our midst." Find creative ways to photographic other people. I love it best when a photo of a stranger brings out their basic humanity - in profound or even silly ways.
When I saw this photo, I thought of the title, "The mariachi checks his text messages." These two musicians were taking a break from a Sunday afternoon gig at the busy Redondo Beach Pier. One of them took a moment to check his messages - our everyday interaction with modern technology is an all too common sight these days, even when one is garbed in traditional costume.