Phubbing life

“Since you snubs the beautiful scenery around you, you will be snubbed by it too.”

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Since the arrivals of smartphones and tablets, we have seen the arrival of a new problem: people known as phubbers who are staring into their phone screens can be seen everywhere. With their fingers skating on the screens, they are trying to find the information they want, or, they just don’t want the little pockets of time to go wasted.

There is a popular saying that goes “The furthest distance in the world is not between life and death, but is when I stand in front of you, you are absorbed in your phone.” This ridicule reveals the embarrassment people are facing today: while the world has gotten a lot more connected, people have become more disconnected, losing the art of conversation and real human interaction.

It seems that people were back in the original period when they tended to lower their heads all the time with little communication, just like the apes. Wang Guochen created this image of monkeys obsessed with mobile devices, indicating people who are kidnapped by modern technologies. The image has won him the first prize in the Art Category of the Global Photography 1st National Photographic Art Exhibition.

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Photograph by Wang Guochen

It is inspired by this influence of mobile phones on human beings. He said that his families have already become phubbers who also got him involved. While technologies are advancing, human beings are indeed degenerating. He had this in mind and decided to shoot something on this phubbing phenomenon. To avoid monotony, he shot monkeys instead to indicate the theme in a satiric way.

Although he had the unique idea, it was not that easy to realize it. He went to a forest park to shoot the monkeys, and it turned out they were not interested in mobile phones. The next day, he went to the park again, but with thorough preparation—a bag of candies and peanuts. While he gave out the candies, he gave them the mobile phones, too. After an hour of arduous work, the photo shooting was accomplished.

Post-editing is also critical. He knew what he wanted in this image even before the shooting. The prevalent blue coloring was used to add a sense of mystery to the unlikely scene. He thought that the most important part of photography is to forge closer interpersonal links, as well as links between human and nature, and enable people to view the world in a fresh way. The popular stuff are ever-changing, but the stories behind the photos are always crucial to the photos. Therefore, he hopes to bring the story behind this image in front of those who are enslaved by the Internet, and thus encourage them to leave their phones and enjoy the scenery around them.

“It is a great honor as well as a great spur for me to be awarded this prize.” Wang Guochen said. “On the path of photography, I will work much harder, and only by doing this can I make more progress. I will continue keeping an eye on Global Photography, and learn more on this sound platform. ”

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Photograph by Wang Guochen

Photograph by Wang Guochen

Photograph by Wang Guochen

Photograph by Wang Guochen

Photograph by Wang Guochen

Photograph by Wang Guochen

Photograph by Wang Guochen


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