St Margaret’s Bay, Kent © Romain Forquy 2013
I meant to write about death but life came crashing in, as usual.
Virginia Woolf, Diary, 17 February, 1922
The small world phenomenon (also known as the small world effect) is the hypothesis that everyone in the world can be reached through a short chain of social acquaintances. The concept gave rise to the famous phrase six degrees of separation after a 1967 small world experiment by social psychologist Stanley Milgram which suggested that two random US citizens were connected on average by a chain of six acquaintances.
An old one… The shoe tree in Jesmond Dene, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. © Romain Forquy. 2005.
Still from Carandiru by Hector Babenco.