Look up

Look up from your mobile and connect to the real world with real friends.   A brilliant video with voice commentry that really tells a poignant story comparing and contrasting a life with and without a screen.

 

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Just discovered how to be an artist

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Source: http://i.imgur.com/LbjojgV.jpg

But your brain has to look like this:

Coloured brain pathways

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26925271

Just keep on creating…

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Banksy captures the disconnected moment

Mobile Lovers & Spy Booth: New Murals from Banksy street art murals

…but not with a camera.  This is one that I wish I had posed and shot.   It captures the essence of being disconnected.

 

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Is Art smoke and mirrors?

Or is it just a reflection of self?   Interesting work done by Saul Leiter (above) and Ernst Haas (below) around ideas of screens, reflections, and distance.

Particularly like the ones taken in New York in the rain, with backgrounds often out of focus but with very clear shape and form.

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Images to take us beyond language

Deborah Padfield has been engaged in dialogues with patients about pain.   Descriptions of pain often stretch our linguistic abilities to the limit.   Her images show how perceptions of pain can be illustrated and can open up further conversations.

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Blending old and new

Boy shining shoes outside the Tea Room at Victoria station in 1950

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-26339275

Victoria Station in 1950 and 2014.  Images of certain locations in London can be seen using Streetmuseum app on a smartphone.

 

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Are we a prisoner of technology?

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Felipe Luchi used photography to get across a clear message in series for Outside Go Magazine.   He created jails from a mouse and an iphone to illustrate our tendancy to be prisoner’s of technology.

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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)

 

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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.

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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.

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