Tao Lin’s ‘Facedown Generation’ of Taipei
We have all witnessed it, practiced it, you might be doing it now while reading this post. Sadly, seeing someone staring down at a mobile device in public has become such a common sight, that we might walk right past without even thinking about it.
While on a recent visit to Taipei, Tao Lin created photographs of strangers interacting with their mobile devices. The series looks into the way people are glued to their cell phones, unaware that they are being photographed in their surroundings.
During his visit to the Taiwanese capital, Tao Lin shot thousands of images that were organized into different subjects and posted through Vice.com. The galleries are a ramp up for a book that he is releasing in June titled “Taipei” they include Taipei Fashion, Taipei Babies and Taipei Carbs.
It makes you wonder if these people even looked up after their photographs were shot. I bet that most were unaware that he took their photograph. What do you think this says about our lust for staring at a hand held computer screen?