13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Longing For The Cell
We as the humans of the 21st century, are consumed by the advanced world of digital communications, which has practically minimized our relationships with each other to virtual interactions such as text messaging, Facebook, skype, etc. This has enabled us to have the benefit of communicating with our friends and family that live in a distance from us- whether another continent or only a block away. Moreover, it has become the norm to find virtual friends online from social networking websites, and even fall in love with them before meeting them outside the computer screen. In this photograph, I am exploring the distinctive and unusual qualities of intimacy on Internet and the issues and longings that contribute to it in a digital space. One of these qualities is how the body becomes confined in the computer/cellphone screen, which replaces every skin “cell” with bright, cold “pixels,” and holds together everything it wants to show you of that person. I also want to portray the solitude of the body and its disintegrated physicality while being in a long-distance relationship.
© Elnaz Mansouri.
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||Nov. 10, 2015, 12:37 p.m.