A web image
search for the term „user“ returns icons only – graphic symbols.
The user does
not exist, at least not in pictures.
the ubiquity of this notion this seems paradoxical. Whenever
there is mention of the internet, the user is not far.
Who, then, is
Of course he does exist. As an individual, he is showing himself in the net with the aid of private webcams. And there he can also be photographed.
Private webcams presumably serve some kind of communication and self-assurance. Ideally, they are immersed, after some time, in the user’s daily life. Then, the protagonist behaves towards the camera just like towards a low-maintenance – while possibly somewhat neurotic – pet.
within which the users show themselves at the same time is also
the one through which they can be depicted.
In order to
get to them and report on them, one has to look through the
medium. In doing so one gets very close to them.
webcams, I was on location. This is the only way I was able to
shoot these pictures. As a real person with a real camera – as a
photographer – I would never have gotten there.
“THE USERS” pushes into spheres that thus far have not been
explored by photography.
The web is – also – a big camera.