Rest-Image sets, Final Research and process behind images

According to daily info-graphic, technology is what is keeping us awake at night.

  • Statistics show that from a survey, 1 in 3 of smartphone users would rather give up sex than their phones
  • in the hour before bed 95 percent of the survey participants say that they will browse the web, text or watch television 
  • and when it is time to sleep, 19 percent of 18-29 year olds say that they sleep with their phone in, or right next to their bed.

So what does this say about us as digital natives?

  • this perhaps suggests that we are more active before bed, even though are bodies are resting our brains are still active and processing information.
  • from 9pm internet usage is it at its high mainly due to television
  • Also we are sociable creatures so some like to interact via texting/ social networking before bed as this is where we have free time and doing nothing.
  • Also by looking at these bright screen lights on our devices, this also tends to keep us more awake and alert.

Another interesting find was an article by Huffington post:

This article explores how to this day, we use technology more regularly on a daily basis than ever before:

27% of Brits are getting less sleep than they did a year ago, and that four out of 10 of us are repeatedly hitting the snooze button to fool our bodies into thinking it is getting more sleep.

The blue light emitted by devices such as mobile phones and tablets mimics daylight and suppresses production of a brain chemical called melatonin, which helps us sleep, research has shown

From the lecture material my response to rest incorporates that of how as we have so many amazing technologies and devices around us such as smartphones or laptops and so on, we are compelled to use these devices even if it keeps us up into the early hours of the morning without noticing.

From Seeking – How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. And why that’s dangerous by Emily Yoffe, the point about James old’s rats experiment stuck in my mind. How we always need that constant ‘buzz’ whether it is an instant message or a thrill of seeking information/ finding new things, we are driven to find it and will not rest until we do.

I therefore wanted to create images highlighting how we keep ourselves awake at night with our devices- trying to create a story with my images. For this series of images I was particularly inspired by the work of Gabriella Herman and her work ‘Bloggers’.

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Her work shows people lit with only the available light of their digital devices, showing them engrossed in them which seems to be late at night. I tried a similar approach but concentrating more so on one person and the range of devices available to hand.

Here are the results (thumbnails) :

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I am pleased at the outcome of these images. I used a Canon 70D to create my images and used only the available light of the devices to illuminate my subject. With this series there is potential for it to be developed, for example If I were to continue the shoot, I could do a timespan over the day and perhaps see how often we use our devices on a daily basis and how the digital media/devices changes our mindset.


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