Searching for a signal

Source: World Press Photo, http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2014

This picture, taken by John Stanmeyer won first prize in the contemporary issues section of the world press photo of the year 2014.

“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.”   John Stanmeyer (2014)

 

Patterns of city life

Mate Bartha describes his series called “mutations” as order inside the chaos of a city.   I like the emerging patterns that show people moving through spaces that are sometimes busy sometimes empty.   The careful juxtaposition of the individual images then forms an overall pattern.

Mobile by Virginia Wilcox

“Mobile comments on the impact of mobile technology and social media in today’s society. In these images, I recreate the relatively new phenomenon of people interacting with their mobile devices in public and private spaces, calling attention to the mental block and emotional disconnect that result from information-dependency.”   Source: Virginia Wilcox (2012).

Interestingly the approach is to set up the person and engage in eye contact.   Each image in the portfolio shows a different person in their context.