We all know that letting children watch too much TV is bad for them – now you can see the results etched all over their now ‘zombie-like’ faces. In her series “Idiot Box”, New York-based photographer Donna Stevens explores technological obsession by showing how kids become utterly transfixed by a television screen.
How would you describe the behavior of children you photographed in front of the television set?
Docile. They sat very still. They occasionally glanced at me... not often though. They were very much focused on the screen.
Should we exhibit more caution about the role of technology in our children’s lives?
Each parent needs to make that decision for themselves.
What inspired you to do the “Idiot Box” series?
When I first got to New York. My son and I clocked up some extensive hours of screentime, largely due to not having a set schedule, in between apartments and the Polar Vortex that hit the New York area around Christmas of 2013. The inspiration was right in front of me – my then three-year-old son.
What is the message behind this series?
It’s more a question than a message. Why do we experience this contemporary unease with the modern technology?
What has been the public’s reaction to the series?
People think it’s either funny or scary. That’s a testament again to our contradictory relation with technology.
To see more from Donna Stevens visit: http://www.donnastevens.com.au/