I have often thought about doing a series of pictures of people distracted by their mobiles. As someone who is also often enveloped on whatever is happening on that small screen, I find the paradox fascinating – we are more connected than ever, yet because of that more disconnected than ever. I was walking on the High Line – a wonderful and innovate park in Manhattan – and saw these two girls. I thought it was interesting that they were both fully enveloped int heir phones, yet both facing each other while doing this. Social antisocial interactions. It was clear to me that mobiles have clearly changed people and those who have grown up always knowing smartphones and access everywhere are different from those who remember a time when we weren’t always connected.
What I particularly like about this photo is the composition. I converted to black and white because I found the colors distracting and not important to this photograph. I like the symmetry of the photo. I like the fact the two girls are fully enveloped in their digital word, yet facing each other. I like how the architecture of the High Line allows for a background that is unusual – suspended over a cross street in Manhattan.
Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF-S 18-55 at 55mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250