Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Great Example of a Concentration Series - Eric Pickersgill's > Removed

Developing a Concentration

  1. Determine Essential Concept
  2. Explore Polarities
  3. Move from General to Specific
  4. Move from Personal to Universal
  5. Develop Alternatives
  6. Edit Out Non-essentials
  7. Amplify Essentials

Is there?:
  1. Clear Topic Statement
  2. Evidence of research
  3. Evidence of personal interest
  4. Evidence of universal appeal
  5. Clear goals or motive to gain from the experience.

Student Commentary:
What is the central idea of your concentration?
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your topic. You may refer to specific images as examples.  When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers.

Check out Sherry Turkle’s - Reclaiming Conversation

Barbara deWilde

Sherry Turkle CreditPeter Urban

Check out Benjamin Starr’s article for Visual News > This is What Phone Addiction Looks Like… Without the Phones

Check out Eric Pickersgill’s photo concentration - Removed

    The joining of people to devices has been rapid and unalterable. The application of the personal device in daily life has made tasks take less time. Far away places and people feel closer than ever before. Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves. In similar ways that photography transformed the lived experience into the photographable, performable, and reproducible experience, personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body. This phantom limb is used as a way of signaling busyness and unapproachability to strangers while existing as an addictive force that promotes the splitting of attention between those who are physically with you and those who are not.

    The work began as I sat in a café’ one morning. This is what I wrote about my observation:
         Family sitting next to me at Illium café in Troy, NY is so disconnected from one another. Not much talking. Father and           two daughters have their own phones out. Mom doesn’t have one or chooses to leave it put away. She stares out the           window, sad and alone in the company of her closest family. Dad looks up every so often to announce some obscure           piece of info he found online. Twice he goes on about a large fish that was caught. No one replies. I am saddened by           the use of technology for interaction in exchange for not interacting. This has never happened before and I doubt we           have scratched the surface of the social impact of this new experience. Mom has her phone out now.

    The image of that family, the mother’s face, the teenage girls’ and their father’s posture and focus on the palm of their own hands has been burned in my mind. It was one of those moments where you see something so amazingly common that it startles you into consciousness of what’s actually happening and it is impossible to forget. I see this family at the grocery store, in classrooms, on the side of the highway and in my own bed as I fall asleep next to my wife. We rest back to back on our sides coddling our small, cold, illuminated devices every night.

  The large format portraits are of individuals who appear to be holding personal devices although the devices have been physically removed from the sitter’s hand. They are asked to hold their stare and posture as I remove their device and then I make the exposure. The photographs represent reenactments of scenes that I experience daily. We have learned to read the expression of the body while someone is consuming a device and when those signifiers are activated it is as if the device can be seen taking physical form without the object being present.