"Soul-Stealing" Photos Visualize the Dependence We Have to Our Phones

Our eyes are all-too-often glued to our phones and we miss what's going on in the world around us. The alluring and tempting images light up the screen, grabbing hold of our gaze as we're powerless to look away. French photographer Antoine Geiger has visualized this parasitic relationship in his series called SUR-FAKE. In each of his compelling compositions, a phone and face are fused into one, as its user is absorbed into the illuminated device.

Geiger views the phone as an object that alienates our connection to the physical world. By paying attention to it, we miss spontaneous interactions with others and the beauty of the everyday. Although his photographic manipulations are alarming and, at times, grotesque, they act as a powerful reminder to put our phones away–they can't compete with what's going on around us.

Antoine Geiger: Website
via [Laughing Squid]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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