Silver / 2018 / Portraiture / Children

Vacant Children

  • Prize
    Silver in Portraiture/Children
  • Photographer
    Elena Paraskeva

What is the true magnitude of the effect social media and technology have on our children today? Is their hold too strong to ignore? The series (10 images in total) paints the picture of a not so distant dystopian society in which children are living a self-imposed one-dimensional existence, trapped in a matrix where awareness of their own physical being is shallow and desire to engage in the physical world becomes unfamiliar and forced. Social connections are thread-thin and easily broken, often discarded at whim, leading to isolation and despair. Inspired by my struggle to keep my 12-year old son out of the matrix.