Author(s): Michael Lindsey Davison
'Contagion' depicts Millennials travelling on Melbourne’s train network. Commuters were only approached if they were using a mobile device. The portraits were then combined with mobile phone parts to produce photo-collages. The series aims to represent our current online/offline existence. In some images, commuters appear to be trapped between the physical and digital worlds, while in others they appear to be fading away into the ‘digital ether’. Ultimately, 'Contagion' documents how technology influences our habits and consciousness. 'Contagion' is an edition of 80 copies—80 being the average number of times people check their phones daily. The book contains 63 images and a new, 5000 word essay entitled ‘The Fantasy of Escape: Viewing Machines from the Kaiserpanorama to Instagram’.