Think about this… when was the last time you had a full conversation with yourself?
Comfortable Isolation in photographs is a product of growing up as an outsider and growing into being a loner. But it is also a perception/representation of an important component of growth that society is allowing to slip away. Our character grows as the conversations we have with ourselves develops. The inner dialog where we battle our demons and mold our beliefs occurs in our moments of solitude.
We have fewer and fewer moments of solitude as the outside world both crashes through the barriers of our attention and is invited into our minds as a deliberate distraction from our inner monolog.
When was the last time you confronted your inner demons…? Probably… on the toilet when you forgot your phone. Or if you left the house and didn’t go back for your pocket computer. Your phone- iPhone, Android, what-have-you- keeps you connected with the world but your phone also a great scapegoat. Social media distracts us from our own thoughts. It’s an avoidance mechanism. In this regard, it cripples our growth as people.
Besides, how often do you take a social media break and feel rested?
I don’t refer to my photographs as lonely. Many people use that word, especially when confronted with the image in person. They use the word lonely with a sort of reverence when they take the time to sink into the scene. When a person says, “I wish I were there.” I know they mean that he or she wishes their mind to be there.
I call the experience of my photographs “comfortable isolation.” I’ve been creating these solitary places/spaces in my photographs to represent this narrative of isolation from the real and digital world. Separation of the digital and real self.