Conversations (2014 - Ongoing)

PhotographerChristos J. Palios
PrizeSilver in Fine Art / Still Life
Entry Description

Food provides social and nutritional sustenance and communicates status in entertainment. A shared meal can designate cultural implications, offer windows into tradition, and speaks to identities. This series represents my intrigue with how our personal electronic devices have seamlessly modified our communal dining experience. Their portability has enabled the entire world to exist in our pocket, ringing and vibrating with urgency in an always-connected era of instant gratification. Although on the surface the distracting pull of our devices can seem disconcerting, they don’t entirely impede our ability to genuinely be in the moment. As tools, they serve to reinforce our conversations, facilitate planning, and augment shared experiences. This dichotomy is particularly tested among a setting as intimate and time-honored as the dinner table. These anecdotal images are captured from vivid moments shared with family, friends, and acquaintances in Greece and America. **Archival pigment prints (30x21", 45x31", 60x40").