Every shift in photography has been linked to a shift in technology.
The smart phone camera is now an inherent part of contemporary image making along with such the platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Snap Chat, etc.
My project takes a look into how the photographic practice, our relationship with the image and the conversation with the photographic image has changed.
In the beginnings, photography emphasized on the physical print as a way to liberate the photograph to the physical world for all to interact with and the photographer to communicate with.
Today through our smartphone lens and apps, our digital lives are training us to care less about the permanence of the photograph and to focus our attention on the fleeting beauty of connectivity.
Through a series of photographic prints of someone’s discarded silver spoon collection, I speak to our photographic artifacts.
Photographing each silver spoon with my smartphone and then processing each image through the many platforms and filters that it offers - I first communicate my image through the photographic medium of today. As it is processed from one platform to another and reposted - the image begins to breakdown – an exercise teaching us that it is hard to live in the moment and that our devices more often than not separate us from the reality we seek through them.
I then liberate the processed image to the physical world as a physical print and present it along with the physical object forcing a culture whose communication is increasingly technologically driven to begin to interact with it on a more physical platform.
Each Digital Artifact Print is sold with the actual artifact - the souvenir spoon.