Cognitive Disruption #3
From the The Digital Disruption Project
The forces of digitization continue to shape the global social landscape, pulling everything into its orbit, altering all forms of art and culture. It is nearly impossible not to be caught up in its force. We click, we swipe, we upload. We are addicted to our screens. The endless streams of ephemeral digital content we produce contributes little, if anything, to cultural memory. We find ourselves suspended in an anxious, indeterminate present that is described by writer and critic Alan Kirby as “a state of trance that takes the world away; a new weightless nowhere of silent autism.”
Using urban environments as a backdrop, the photos in this series explore that emotional state of trance, which renders us as dream walkers—alienated beings who are endlessly diverted and distracted. In this state of trance, it has become increasingly difficult to determine where digital life ends, and physical life begins.
Author: I began as a street photographer in 1999 in San Francisco, where I also developed an interest in photojournalistic work. For several years, I provided photography services to corporations, government agencies, news and media outlets, and not-for-profit entities. For those organizations, my photography supported news stories, helped to build online communities, captured events, and supported organizational marketing and public relations goals.
Education: I have a degree in Fine Art from Grossmont College in San Diego and completed additional studies in studio arts at San Francisco State University. To further my professional development, I have taken workshops and classes with the following organizations:
- J. Sybylla Smith Concept Aware™ Workshop on creativity and concept development, September, 2017
- PhotoAlliance – San Francisco, Portfolio Development with Sarah Christianson, May 2018
- The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Alternative Process Printing with Cotton Miller, MFA. June, 2019
- Digital Printmaking Workshop with master printer Seth Dickerman, November 2019
- Cyanotype Workshop with Jill Enfield, May, 2020