Many screen time experts believe that television is an instrument which can paralyse the world. And these images of what children look like watching television, captured by an Aussie mum and photographer, certainly suggest this is true.
If you’ve ever doubted the power of television, then prepare to be amazed. And not in a good way. With her groundbreaking photo series Idiot Box, Aussie-born photographer Donna Stevens has created some of the most powerful yet unsettling images of children that we have ever featured on Babyology.
Stevens, who spent years in advertising and is now based in New York, came up with the idea for the series after watching her son interact with the family’s iPad “which slowly, somehow, became his iPad”.
The photo series aims to explore the darker side of our love for technology.
When compared to the traditional photos of children, full of curiosity, wonder and life, these photos really grip at a frighteningly reality. While some of the kids appear to be half-smiling, all the children seem mesmerised, unable to look away from the screen.
With their light skin, wide eyes and opened mouths, combined with the dark lighting, the children almost look paralysed.
Stevens admits that photographing children is usually a challenge. However, this shoot was disturbingly simple.
“I experienced firsthand the power of the screen as it lulled my subjects into a TV-coma before my lens.” Stevens tells the Huffington Post. “None of them talked or moved during the shoot. I didn’t direct them in any way. And even though I was positioned right in front of them with my camera, they barely noticed me.”
Television may be a great way to catch a break and relax after a long day but is it turning our children into zombies? What do you think?
(via Huffington Post)