Photographer Kamil Kotarba Exposes Our Relationship With Smartphones
Modern life is alienating but ever since we got our hands on those smartphones we are barely present in our daily life. The Polish photographer Kamil Kotarba exposes this lack of human interaction in the digital age and creates a series of photographs called “Hide and Seek”.
Whether in a café, in the subway, at class or at the park, there is this constant connectivity to the virtual world and lack of it to the present surroundings. Kamil Kotarba created the series not to criticize this connectivity but to offer a way to reflect to our relationship with the virtual world.
The hands “detached” from the bodies reflect on the detachment from reality, to the extend that the non-virtual world is nothing but a blank canvas to place our virtual lives on.
Our lack of relationship to the real world creates an atmosphere of constant state of being ‘in between’ reality and the online world.
We do in some way cope with this in-between life however Kotarba makes us question the relationship we have with our real surroundings. We are always up-to-date about the lives of the people we follow but indifferent to our own state of being.
The photographs are unsettling, isolating and even haunting, which makes them a spot on criticism of our relationship with smartphones.
“It’s about presence and absence,” Kotarba says. “I’m asking what’s more attractive for you—the real or the virtual world?”
Perhaps the excitement of the virtual world with the constant flow of information and entertainment does seem more attractive, but is it worth reducing our existence to a hand and a phone?
All images by Kamil Kotarba