“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
We use it every day for every little thing that is a part of our lives. Technology can be both an amazing and troublesome thing. It all depends upon your point of view. While the locomotive transformed ways of travel in incredible ways, computers have completely transformed the ways in which we communicate. As technology continues to evolve and time continues to pass, technology slowly changes the way we approach life. Over the years, technology has significantly changed the methods in which we interact with each other and how we pass the time. What we don’t realize is just how much technology has come to consume our lives. Everywhere we look, there is another piece of technology that is revolutionizing the ways in which we approach life day to day.
I began this project when I discovered an artist who explored other forms of human nature. Brian Ulrich has photographed many works in his time, but I was fascinated by his work that explored American consumerism. He documented the ways in which we, as human beings, are consumed by the need to buy. That idea motivated me to then explore how we have come to be consumed by our use of technology as it has evolved over time. Combined with an idea from a former assignment that explored how we pass the time by using our smartphones, I began to explore how all different kinds of technology were once or are still currently playing a part in our lives.
What I wanted this photo essay to evaluate was the different perspectives you can take with the technology that we have in our lives. While technology has made our lives easier, it has also consumed our lives in many ways. We may fail to realize that technology can have a negative impact. While many technologies in our past may have brought us closer together, many modern technologies have allowed us to put up a barrier and isolate ourselves from those around us while consuming technology. I hope this photo essay serves to be a lesson learned about how we interact with our technology, rather than just a negative perspective on the technology we use today. We should re-evaluate the technology we currently use. We can reminisce about the technology in our past and recapture how it brought us closer to those around us. We should also consider how newer technology can still be a communal experience in addition to a solitary one.