Unnerving Photos Depicting Our Obsession with Digital Devices

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Our digital devices have harmed or helped us, depending on who you ask. Phones and other digital tools have captured abuses and crimes perpetrated against innocent human beings, but they’ve also become a barrier during our physical/social interactions. French photographer Antoine Geiger examines our “over-exposure” to our digital devices and what implications that has on our identity, security, and more.

He depicts this by altering people’s faces as they gaze into their phones, their bodies poised to be sucked into their devices. Geiger doesn’t stage his images, he captures the world around him — many people so involved with their devices, they don’t even notice him snapping a photo right in front of them. Other times he uses a telephoto lens. The images are part of Geiger’s Sur-Face project, “placing the screen as an object of ‘mass subculture,’ alienating the relation to our own body, and more generally to the physical world.”

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger

Photo credit: Antoine Geiger