/ 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.

Awards First and Second Place WPPI - Portrait Division