Samantha Humphreys

Art, Photography & Inspiration

Month: February, 2014

More Than Just A Public Space

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I have been exploring how the digital documentation of our lives online using social media is infiltrating our physical being. Public spaces are no longer limited to when we step outside the front door. Spaces we share extends beyond physical public spaces, parks, shops, nightclubs and bars.

Over the last few years we have begun to play out our lives online, documenting what we do, where we go, what we eat and how we look. We seek the world’s approval while we do all these thing and in addition, the world seeks our approval.

But maybe now there is no divide between our online presence and our physical lives, perhaps it has become one reality. 

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What If?

whatif6My recent series “What If?” has been receiving some attention in the press lately, due to the inclusion of three of the images in the Speaking Out Exhibition at Embrace Arts, University of Leicester.

The series is based on the theoretical question of “What if we were to teach our children at an early age about the harsh realities that face some?”

Clearly, we wouldn’t dream of exposing children to such things and my work is by no means intended to be used as an educational tool but by using Barbie dolls, an iconic toy that oozes perfection, I am demonstrating that life for some is by no means perfect. The series of ten images also explores insecurity, loneliness, illness and addiction.

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#Beautiful

We are free to be real, lose the responsibilities imposed on us by those far more self absorbed than we are meant to be.

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#ineedyourapproval

Do we need to document our life in this way?

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#wakeupandsmellthecoffee

The trend of constantly documenting our life online is seeping into and affecting our ‘real’ life. This disturbs me.

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