by Maria Sofou
Photographer Kamil Kotarba created a powerful series of photographs, capturing the negative influence our smartphone screens have on human interaction.
In his project Hide and Seek, Kotarba captures daily scenes such as dinner for two, sitting on a train and a day in class, yet he only shows arms attached to mobile phones without the bodies – a visual metaphor in which we have become our hand’s extension. The images are unsettling: people are present and absent at the sime time. Our need for constant hyper-connectivity and the addiction to our mobile screens makes us alienated, hidden in the digital world while real life passes.
Kotarba’s depiction of digital isolation is a truly captivating social commentary on technology-dominated society today.
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