Updated: Oct 26
Will We Drown In The Sea Of Voices?
Hey there, welcome to my very first blog! I'm thrilled to have you here, and I can't wait to dive into some awesome conversations about the stories behind the photos you've seen in my portfolio and on Instagram.
This is a place where I get to pull back the curtain a bit and let you in on the creative process. I'll share the thinking and research that go into each photography series. We'll take a peek behind the scenes of my photoshoots and unravel the captivating tricks and techniques that I've used in my creative process. Thanks for joining me on this journey!
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My question is this;
Technology has ushered in an era of unparalleled convenience and choice in our lives, thanks to the industrial revolution and economic expansion. It's a privilege we often celebrate, having an abundance of goods and services readily available at our fingertips. But have we ever stopped to consider the toll this convenience takes on our psychological well-being?
In an age where a simple press of a button can fulfill our every desire, we sometimes overlook the fact that our brains, like any muscle, can tire from the overwhelming possibilities. The myriad of trivial decisions we make each day can leave us wondering if this luxury truly makes us happier.
It can often feel like we're trapped in a relentless race to deliver more, faster, and to be constantly accessible every waking minute of every hour, a race that's bound to drive anyone to the brink of insanity.
As an artist, there's a considerable pressure to maintain a robust online presence. It seems like every application demands an Instagram presence, which might even take precedence over your professional portfolio. And it doesn't stop there; countless other platforms exist, each with their own set of rules. Then we are instructed to create reels to maintain viewers retention. Otherwise, these apps threaten to penalize you. This is the moment when frustration mounts, and you might find yourself pulling your hair out, feeling like the whole process has become utterly nonsensical and will debilitate you in actually posting anything at all.
The consequence is that genuine creative work and the space to create suffer. It's a feeling of guilt that plagues you because the demand to maintain this frenetic online presence often stifles the very creativity it's meant to showcase.
The Pandora's Box?
This shoot prompted some deep self-reflection. The sheer frequency with which we instinctively reach for our phones or any other passive entertainment, especially at the slightest inconvenience, is staggering. As we grapple with the mental turbulence this constant connectivity can induce, perhaps it's time we grant ourselves the freedom to experiment. To dare to mute the cacophony of external voices and opt for a serene detachment, if only for a day, devoid of distractions. Once the initial discomfort stemming from our habitual behaviors subsides, we might start to notice a transformation within ourselves. While I could speculate about the outcomes, the true joy lies in your own journey of discovery and what you may do with all the free time you now have on your hands.
The surreal landscape in this conceptual shoot, combined with the neutral, classic clothing and a cellphone in hand, subtly brings to mind "Back To The Future." It's a world where time and setting are fragmented, subtly hinting at a distracted and fragmented state of mind. When I reached out for potential titles on Instagram, one response that resonated with me was "Head Office," a title that I found fitting both in a literal and metaphorical sense.
I would love to hear your stories as a professional who uses the internet for self promotion and how you balance the guilt and impeding pressure to conform with the demand.
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