The ability to communicate is a key component to human relationships, but it is arguable whether we truly are skilled communicators. Technology connects us constantly, giving us more opportunities to speak, but fewer opportunities to make meaningful connections with others, be they people across the world or standing directly next to us. Virtual interactions limit and divide our attention, and we seem to be more willing to talk to a dozen people at once than to be truly engaged with one individual. Does our disconnect stem from technology, boredom, or do people simply have nothing to say to each other?
Through photographs of disconnectedness and distraction, I explore the tendency toward miscommunication and missed communication. Technology is not entirely to blame, but our personal distractions seem to be what really impedes our interactions. By staging some of the photographs while others are candid, I exaggerate typical scenarios into caricatures of our miscommunication. The visual recreations mirror and comment on the candid moments, raising questions concerning the nature of our interactions and our relationships.