This project is an exploration of my relationship with technology in the confines of isolation. The other day I woke up to my iPhone informing me that I’d averaged nine hours of daily screen the previous week. I was shocked and immediately blamed it on the fact that everything comes from our devices these days: work, entertainment, our social lives. While this is true, I’m sure a large part of that time spent staring at my screen was for no particular reason other than my being addicted and dependent on it.
This visual essay is an exploration of my addiction. As I took mental notes of all of the times I turned to my screen that week, I set out to capture them with my camera. I used lighting to create a surrealistic cyberscape, turning my home into an environment where reality and my digital existence blur together. In some images, you can see our facial features even fade away into the light of our screens. This represents a loss of self in their presence. We’re locked into communication with them, more than each other.
Photos by Callie Keels