(thesis advisor)Loretta Wolozin
May 21 2019
In Personal Effects friends and family show us up close and personal photos captured by their phone cameras. Experienced through webcam interview clips, the project questions “what have we lost and what have we gained through the onset and ubiquity of mobile photography”. Whether it’s “How’s my hair?”, “Something I thought was funny”, “See? Told ya” or “I can explain...”, the photographs and screenshots are artifacts of our identity — behaviors, interests, moods, urges to document, communicate and more. As evidence of common modern photography practices, the images are both unique to the individual and universally relatable. Through these intimate accounts of smartphone vernacular, the audience can step into the shoes of the speaker and also reflect on their own photo-taking practices.
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