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I layered each set of 5 images on top of one another and changed the opacity in order to create the impression of transparency and temporality. The reason why I have done this is to put an emphasis on the stationary subject in the shot, and to portray the constant flow of people around the subject.

The idea that the subject is stationary and digitally connected via their phones can be seen as an alternate reality that they have delved into, while the constant moving flow of people around them are part of our physical reality that they have chosen to briefly tune out of and disregard their environment, isolating themselves.

Based on my dissertation entitled ‘The objective and non-objective lens: An exploration of the work of Martin Parr, Gregory Crewdson and Diane Arbus in relation to my own photography practice’ which discusses the different approaches towards photography and how they change the dynamics of an image, I have been working on my final piece which subjectively explores the influence that modern technology – mobile phones – has had on us as human beings in this current day and age. It is not out of the ordinary to see the majority of people in the streets engrossed by their mobile phones, so the purpose of my work is to emphasize this idea that people are almost always isolating themselves from each other when they are in each other’s company.

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Comparing these images to those in a previous post, my idea has developed from photographing a single person on their mobile, to groups of people on their mobile, to a series of images that document the passing of people around a motionless individual.

These images are more effective when laid out in a row of sets.

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An ongoing research on behaviours and modes of existence that characterise public space.
This growing series focuses on emerging phenomenons brought about by factors such as economic and political policies, technology, urban migration, ageing populations and their direct effects on how one negotiates with the built environment.

With unaware people serving as protagonists, the images apply repetition and temporal compression to ordinary experiences and situations that evade registeration due to their over-exposure.

The question lies in how this approach might make abstract design concepts more readily comprehensible and create a context for speculation and debate. [Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad website – Orderly Conduct]

This is a great reference to use in relation to my work, as I want to emphasize a certain behaviour that is common amongst almost every single member of public, which we tend to take for granted as we are so used to seeing people on the phone. Until it is taken apart and put together again, such as the images above, certain behaviours amongst people can be recorded and brought to attention.