The Musée du Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. It holds masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and many other priceless works from the greatest artists from our past and present. Nonetheless, French photographer Antoine Geiger has shot a series of photos where visitors are more interested in their mobile phones than the historical masterpieces.
His project “SUR-FAKE” captures people being absorbed by or sucked into their devices. Geiger says the idea for his latest work came about when he was at the museum and felt alone despite being in a crowd. “I could literally see people’s faces melting on their screens, like their identity was being lost in the non-space of technology,” says Geiger.
Using Photoshop to visualize his feelings, the 20-year-old has shot his images at the Louvre as well as the rest of Paris. He feels smartphones’ screens are, “alienating the relation to our own body, and more generally to the physical world.”
Are you one of these people?