idea: The Big Screens
Big Screens is an idea I have for a new series of photographs. This idea came from Lee Friedlander's The Little Screens from 1963:
These photographs are takes in peoples, homes, motels, or anywhere else a TV was found. I think of this work as a anthropological study of the american culture, it projects what we lived, what we saw, and what we experienced in the comforts of our homes. I like to describe these photographs as "still life photography" as the TV lights the room with highlighting the things that surround it minimal and stale or cluttered and alive. Whatever it maybe it represented a time period in which these images were made. It is a "the way we understand, analyze, and experience modern American experience." Read more about this series of photographs here.
When I learned about this series of "The Little screens" it immediately made me think about "The Big Screens" we have in out homes today and how we watch on them reflects the time we are living in. During the 2016 elections, people in the US and around the world were tuned in to their screens wether it be TV, Social Media Sites on our laptops or iPhone News updates on presidential debates, news analysis and satirical commentary. Beyond the elections there is a lot more issues and unrest in the world that entered our homes through these glowing screens. I hope to make pictures of these screens, which over the years have grown in size. While few stay disciplined to the amount of time they spend in front of the screen, others can't get enough. TVs in my family homes envelope the living room creating a theatrical experience with surround sound. To extend the entertainment, they might even have a TV in the bedroom. These screens keep us connected to the each other and to the world. After Lee Friedlander's Little Screens comes my BIG screens. I am inspired and slightly nervous to take on this challenge.