Inspired by the works of photographers Mathew Pillsbury’s Screen Lives and Hiroshi Sugimotos Theatres projects.
Technology has interconnected human kind in new and exciting ways. A recent study suggests that for the first time we spend more time online than we do watching TV. However all this technology and the rise of the smart phone has added additional demands on our attention.
Photographer Matthew Pillsbury foresaw the effects of being con stantly surrounded and drawn to screens in our everyday lives. His beautiful images are of people in their own environments, lit only by the light of their screens. This is achieved by using long exposures. His subjects continue with their everyday lives and are seen as blurred ghostly figures, when they are motionless, they are recorded in more detail by the light of the screen.
Hiroshi Sugimotos Theaters came about as a challenge to shoot an entire movie in one frame. His images of old American movie palaces and drive-ins were taken with a folding 5×4 camera and tripod. Sugimoto opened his camera shutter and exposed the film for the duration of the entire feature-length movie, with the film projector providing the sole lighting. The architectural details and the seats of the theatre are recorded in a eerie light with in only a few traces of the audience just visible due to the long exposure.
Using these two great photographers work as inspiration, the group photographed people lit by the screens that surround us.
LCB Depot – 27th June – 8th July 2017