Digital Decay

The images in these works aim to demonstrate the self as deconstructed and fragmented by technology. By using digital photography, I accentuate the role of technology in the breakdown that occurs when our focus is placed on observing other people’s lives through social media, instead of experiencing our current reality. Our sense of self is lost in the limitless pool of Facebook newsfeeds and Instagram timelines. We may even begin to evaluate ourselves through these virtual experiences and relationships. Under normal circumstances, the development of the sense of self is a process whereby an individual separates themselves out from the matrix of others in order to become their own person. However, with the pervasive presence of social media via tools such as iPhones, which are essentially sewed to our hands at all times, this virtual reality actually takes up most of our mental space. This in turn leaves very little room for our own sense of self to exist.