Thursday, August 21, 2014

The human image is increasingly being viewed in 2D. Our selves are turned into selfies; our multi-sensory world filtered to focus on screens.

The first human captured in a photo was in 1838 in Paris by Louis Daguerre (AnOther). We currently live in a world of around 7.25 billion people, with just under 3 billion having internet access. Over 20 billion photos have been shared on instagram, 83.1 billion posts on tumblr, 30 billion pins on Pinterest and 100 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube every minute. There is more content than people to see it.

In our increasingly visually literate culture, what does it mean to transform our human likeness into flat, 2D images? Benjamin Schwartz for the New Yorker asked "Hey, would you mind taking a quick sculpture of me and my family?" Do we become less human because an image is static, a captured reflection in time? And if so, has the woman in a photoshopped editorial become purely image, a constructed shape on a page?

Jacquelyn Jablonski by Glen Luchford | AnOther Magazine, F/W 2010
Louis Deguerre via AnOther | Tish Wrigley, The World on the Street, AnOther, August 19, 2014
Current world population | GeoHive
Internet statistics | Internet Live Stats and Internet World Stats 
Instagram | Press page
Tumblr | Digital Market Ramblings
Pinterest | Digital Marketing Ramblings
Youtube | Youtube Press
Benjamin Schwartz | Conde Nast Collection


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