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.

Disconnected by Mark Pick

Mark Pick has taken a series of images showing explicitly how technology disconnects us from where we are.   His explanation is given below:

The rapid increase of development in technology in the twenty first century has provided a large percentage of the world with access to technology that was unheard of only a few years ago. Mobile devices, from laptops to cellular phones, may have a plethora of benefits for the users, but they also have the major negative effect of removing people from their immediate environment.

Actively using a mobile device encapsulates the user, creating a personal, secluded reality based solely on what is happening on the screen in front of them, transfixed to an alternate reality. This form of escapism allows the user to exist within this other domain, separated and detached from the physical, real world around them.

Disconnected is a visual reference to this changing world regarding the influx of advancements in the development of mobile technologies and their dissemination. The aim of this series is to explore the way technology may absorb individuals into a virtual world, disconnecting them from the actual social environment that surrounds them. By doing so, it entices the viewers to identify with the figures depicted in each of the images, and self-reflect upon their own forms of engagement with current technology.

Disconnected by David Knight

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A series of photographs taken by David Knight over an 18 month period try to capture aspects of being disconnected such as through travel, mental illness or electronic communications.   On the topic of electronic communications he says, “we are connected to more people than before, through telephones, mobiles, emails, and social networking sites, but is all this at the expense of real, meaningful contact and interaction? Is this life by proxy?”

Disconnected by Kseniya Berson

Kseniya Berson says, “Electronics have become a component of our everyday rituals. These devices fill a human void and seduce us to “connect” when we are feeling disconnected. People are fooled into believing that they have become more connected to one another with the use of these gadgets, but in reality, these are the things that are separating us.”  Her work takes a literal focus, showing a monitor instead of a face in each one of 10 images of people in everyday locations such as stations or kitchens.final_stationbench.jpg