People use devices such as cell phones and cameras to connect to the world, but by doing so they become disconnected from their immediate surroundings. I am fascinated with this choice and how it relates to the cultural evolution of society.
In this body of work, I photographed people at tourist attractions. These places amplify this disconnective behavior. The tourist attraction not only offers a justification for taking images, but also initiates photography as a prescribed interaction.
When we take vacation photographs, we attempt to remove all the other tourists from our visual record. This act creates another layer of separation from our surrounding environment and a misrepresentation of the actual landscape. As visitors, we want a record of a clean space, one devoid of all other occupants, except for our traveling companions. Thus, we construct the landscape of our imagination omitting the unwanted elements by cropping through the lens of our camera. People with cameras, cell phones, ipods etc. are apart of the contemporary landscape.
In my work, I capture the scene as it actually appears to the participant. Instead of editing out the tourists and their technologies, I am recording them in the act of documenting their lives.