“Screen Lives” by Matthew Pillsbury

March 17, 2014

Photographer Matthew Pillsbury’s favorite method of photographing his subjects is using long exposures. Inspired by Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Theaters”, his body of work “Screen Lives” depicts long exposure photographs of his subjects watching the screens that are part of their lives, including televisions, computers, and cell phones. Shot in black and white, the photographs are both haunting and telling, displaying the ghost-like silhouettes of Pillsbury’s subjects and their motions that are recorded by the camera during the duration of their interaction with their own screen. The images stand as a sort of survey of our habitual movements when watching a television or some such screen and where we choose to do so. 

text written by Canbra Hodsdon