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Removed is a series about device use that came from a very personal place. Making the photographs was a way for me to confront and analyze the changes I was seeing in the lives around me. The work going viral made evident that noticing this shift was universal.
As the creator of this series, I still find it difficult to partition my device use from my personal and family time. I knew there had to be a product out there that would help my family, friends, and supporters of my work regain control over where and when we use our smartphones.
A few months ago I began a dialogue with Aaron Zar, the founder of Silent Pocket. His line of patented soft goods serves the dual purpose of keeping your digital information safe as well as helping users to disconnect from their devices. Sliding your device into a Silent Pocket Faraday Sleeve blocks all incoming messages, emails, wifi, etc. which allows you to “Mind The Grid” as their slogan simply states. This feels different than powering the device down and allows you to quickly and fully engage with the individuals or tasks that are right in front of you.
I am excited to announce my partnership with Silent Pocket as we release the limited edition run of the REMOVED.SOCIAL Cell Phone Faraday Sleeve. I've been using mine at home while with my family and even while working on location so that I can be fully engaged in making my photographs. I am thrilled to see the launch of this product as I know it will positively impact the lives and relationships of so many people around the world!
I was asked to join Kay Tuttle (Executive Director) and Laurie Schorr (Director of Education and Community Engagement) at The Light Factory to speak about the organization and it's programming. We launched into a deeper conversation about the future of photography and it's role in society today. The first half of the conversation is with famed National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. You can listen to the segment here.
I am sitting here feeling the weight of the very thing I have questioned in this work. My inbox has been flooded with requests to use images from Removed for several stories all across the globe. This knot tumbles about my stomach while I think about the enormous numbers of people who are looking at the work in this very moment. I see the contradiction in all of this. I also embrace it. The work is not to damn the use of devices although I think many of us have that feeling regularly. I know its importance as well as its disfunction and like many operate in that odd dissonance that humans are capable of achieving.
This post is not to defend the work, rather to introduce the new home for it. With the upcoming wave of interest I have been advised to create a space for the work to live. This is that space.