I am a photographer who has been shooting and printing for almost twenty years. I received an MFA in photography from Pratt Institiute in 1996 and a Fulbright Travel Grant in 1997. Since then, I have shown my work in galleries across...
Focus:Photographer, Editor, Curator, Writer, Travel, Still Life, Fine Art, Environment, Science, Photo Editor, Photography, Portraiture, Art
Skills:Copy Editing, Historical Processing, Color Correction, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing, Color Printing, Curating, Copywriting, Exhibition Design
A few years ago, I was struck by the number of people who nearly walked into me because they were so preoccupied with their cell phones. That experience sparked this mini-project, where I shoot the oblivious with my Holga. It's a departure from my normal way of working, since I don't do a lot of street photography, and I'm usually very specific about composition. With this body of work, I have to let go of a certain degree of control and attachment to preconceived ideas of the final image, because I shoot fast, and you never know what you're going to get with a Holga! I have, however, created some "rules" for myself while shooting. For instance, I avoid shooting anyone who appears to simply be listening to music on their iPhone. I also try to gauge the subject's awareness of his or her surroundings before I photograph him or her; if someone is quickly checking some information on their screen, they don't fall into my requirement of "oblivion," so I don't photograph them. I try to watch their behavior as they walk toward me and assess if they're really engrossed to the point where they're truly oblivious to what's happening around them. I feel that this obsessive relationship with technology - and lack of connection with the reality that surrounds us - is endemic in our society, and it will ultimately have a negative effect on the development of the individual and society at large. How that manifests in the long-term remains to be seen.