The Here/Hear series of prints is about metadata mining; the collection and trading of our personal data. Through private apps on cell phones, our movements and digital interactions are extracted. Cell towers camouflaged as trees exemplify our need for the convenience of internet service everywhere, but our desire for the infrastructure to be hidden. Camouflaged to blend in and appease the neighbors, the cell tower trees are silent witnesses to our lives.
Using my father’s Rolleiflex and Pentax cameras, I have been photographing cell tower trees and making photopolymer gravure plates from the scanned negatives. Incorporating letterpress polymer images of text messages and GPS data suggests how our movements and activities are transformed into data.
Photopolymer gravure, letterpress photopolymer on Hahnemuhle, 15" x 11"