truth-out-ferguson from Surface Tension
Photography by Tabitha Soren seen at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley - truth-out-ferguson from Surface Tension
Photography by Tabitha Soren seen at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley - truth-out-ferguson from Surface TensionPhotography by Tabitha Soren seen at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley - truth-out-ferguson from Surface TensionPhotography by Tabitha Soren seen at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley - truth-out-ferguson from Surface Tension
Image credit: Jonathan Bloom
This image, captured by screenshot from a 2014 Ferguson, Missouri protest video, references the fatal harm done to Michael Brown by way of police brutality. All of Soren’s photographs have been made by shooting a dirty screen under raking light with a view camera; they are not digital composites. “Surface Tension” encourages us to see our relationship with everyday technology in unexpected ways, highlighting the marks we leave on glass screens, which we routinely ignore or erase. The subjects pictured beneath the surface record our culture while the smears of fingerprints record our lives, our flitting attentions. They map how we spend our time. Using an 8x10 large-format camera, Soren shoots iPad screens under a raking light to reveal the tactile trail we leave behind. The science of touch makes clear that humans need to connect with the physical world, yet we spend an increasing amount of time satisfying only our sense of sight while touching the cold impervious surfaces of technological devices.

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