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ILLUMINATED by the light of our iPods

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 at 3:03 pm in Technology & Video Games.

Illuminati (reprinted courtesy of Evan Baden, photographer) We’re entranced by “Illuminati,” photographer Evan Baden’s online gallery of teens illuminated by their electronics (thanks, by the way, to YPulse’s cool blog for pointing the way!). The 23-year-old Minnesota artist says he was transfixed by the idea that this generation of youth has always been connected. There has never been a time, he says, that they didn’t have iPods, cell phones and other electronic technology to link them. “These devices grace us with the ability to instantly connect to others,” he says, “and at the same time, they isolate us from those with whom we are connected. They allow for great freedom, yet so often, we are chained to them… More and more, we are bathed in a silent, soft, and heavenly blue glow.”

Baden says he was photographing buildings and other structures at night, exploring the way light affected the structures, when he began noticing “the same effect on people. I noticed that it was occurring with members of the younger generation. I have always been interested in technology and the effect that it has on people and I began to explore the correlation between youth and technology. That is how these images came to be.”

Very cool. Our favorites? The shot above and the haunting image of a girl texting in a swimming pool.

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2 Responses to “ILLUMINATED by the light of our iPods”

  1. Cathy Says:

    I don’t like these photos at all. Every single person has a glazed over and out-of-touch look on their face. It really demonstrates the origin of the phrase “boob tube.” Now everyone unplug, go outside and play! :)

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