we’ve seen them. we’ve bumped into them. we’ve even cursed a few of them. no. we’re not talking about light poles that seem to appear out of nowhere. we’re talking about people with their eyes glued to their cell phones while walking on busy sidewalks.
now while many of us may have a dislike for people on their cellphones, there are few others who get thinking and try to visualise the situation in a way many of us would not.
take andrew rae for example. an illustrator, based in london, he would always notice these people on his daily walks. he then teamed up with a photographer friend ruskin kyle to go around town and shoot people who are totally engrossed in their cell phone screens. initially, andrew tried to illustrate around their cellphones but realised that from the distance the phones were too small to notice. he says, “the phones were too small in shot and i couldn’t get it to look like the people were holding the little creatures.” and slowly this pop art project went to the back of his mind.
it was only after he came across an interview with edward snowden and how the nsa could be monitoring us through our cellphones, did inspiration strike. he then came up with the idea of creatures coming out of the cellphone and engulfing the person who was engrossed in it. this gave the project a whole new dimension that almost every person who sees it, will agree with.
“instead of replacing the phones i’d draw objects or creatures coming out of the phones, looking back at us and the different styles of the photograph and the drawing would make sense together as the phone screen is like a portal, where the real world and the digital world meet”andrew rae
and even though the creatures are illustrated, it seems like if they existed, they would behave in exactly the same manner.