Colliding with our Shadows:
More and more we see our screens. We collide with our environment, relying on our technology to interpret our experience for us.
Do we see or hear anything of our immediate surroundings? No. Oblivious, we allow passing cameras to catch our image as we lose ourselves in alternate realities. We appear to be here. But our minds are miles away.
Google Street View catches our obsession and renders a verdict on our distraction. We have become shadows of ourselves.
Life, Stilled The "still life" of the 21st century is a far cry from that illustrated by 19th century artists.
Since the advent of the cell phone, pedestrian traffic no longer flows predictably, but is a dance of random motions, the demented play of musical chairs.
Do we stop when the music starts, or is it the other way 'round? Makes things complicated when we are all dancing to different music!
|Shadowing Meriden CT original
Lost or found? Oblivious to the passage of Google Street View cameras in Boston MA, September 2014, a pedestrian is totally absorbed in his phone.
Do generations speak the same language any more? Sometimes. Information transfer is made more difficult as new modes of communication erect learning barriers between generations.
Our phones are smarter than we are. Not only do we find ourselves divided by various degrees of shared history, we are now also segregated by our communication skills and preferences. Help!
|Lost or Found original
|Peek-a-boo! We found You! (Wretched Poet)
Shadows on Snow Hill, original
|image of trade card from page 30, Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection